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100 years since the Gallipoli landings


I’ve done quite a lot of work on Gallipoli recently for various projects at the Imperial War Museum – they have an excellent collection of private papers, diaries and photographs connected with the campaign. In all the focus on the Australians and New Zealanders (ANZACs) today, it’s really important to remember the British, Irish, Indian and French troops who fought and died there. Here’s a photo, courtesy of the IWM, showing a Royal Irish Fusilier attempting to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal the enemy position, while other soldiers try to sleep. Not only did they face a determined enemy, but Allied troops had to deal with extremes of climate – hot and cold – disease, lack of water, food and supplies.



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