Life on Gallipoli soon became routine. In the trenches, soldiers observed and sniped at the Turks and engaged them in bombing duels. Bean described the trenches as deep narrow alleys where the men “lived as completely enclosed as in the lanes of a city, having their habitations along them in niches undercut in the wall, sometimes curtained by hanging blankets or waterproof sheets”.
Those not on the front line spent their time carrying water, escorting teams of donkeys carrying supplies from the beach, and fortifying their positions. One of the few diversions available to the Australian troops was a swim off the beach, their only chance to wash. Regardless of the danger of shelling and sniping, Australians swam at Anzac Cove throughout much of the campaign.