Letters of Dalbert Hallenstein: On Active Service with the AIF

Accession Number AWM2018.785.97
Collection number MSS1688
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Manuscript
Physical description 118 Image/s captured
Maker Hallenstein, Dalbert Isaac
Place made At sea, Australia: Victoria, Queenscliff, Egypt, France, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1914-1918; c 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Bound copy of letters relating to the First World War service of Second Lieutenant Dalbert Isaac Hallenstein, 5th Australian Machine Gun Battalion. This item consists of a bound and printed copy of the letters and photographs from Dalbert to his family in Australia and England between 19 October 1914 and 29 August 1918. The letters mention: his training in Queenscliff; the voyage on board HMAT Runic; training in Egypt; the fighting at Gallipoli; his instructional duties at Gallipoli; his leave in Lemnos; his move to Alexandria to recover from an illness; his opinion on the distribution of parcels from charities and families amongst the soldiers; his feelings at being attached to the 14th Australian Machine Gun Company and moving up to the front line in France; how much he enjoys being part of a machine gun battalion; the conditions in the Somme; his leave times in England and his responses to matters mentioned in letters from home. The family had this book printed in Melbourne in approximately 1920.