Anzac Infantryman 1914-15 from New Guinea to Gallipoli

Ian Sumner

This title explores the recruitment, training, and combat experiences of the famous ANZAC infantry in the opening years of the First World War.

Worried about the growing power of Japan and the German Far Eastern colonies, Australia and New Zealand had both introduced conscription in 1912. When war broke out in 1914, the men already in the system provided a small basis of trained soldiers, but at least half of those who went on to serve abroad had no previous military experience. Some initial training was undertaken in Australia, but most was done when the AIF reached Egypt.

Although the ANZACs were expecting to go on to France, little use was made of the experience of men who had already served on the Western Front. The decision to employ the ANZACs in the very different theatre of Gallipoli came as a complete surprise. This book takes a close look at day-to-day life in the trenches of Gallipoli. The terrain was hard and stony, making the construction of trenches difficult. Water was constantly in short supply, and the rear areas remained well within the range of Turkish artillery. It also explores how the wounded were treated, the effects of disease in the crowded beach-head, and of weather-related complaints such as frostbite, which hospitalised many men.

Soft cover, photographs, 64 pages.