Pt. Gordon James Alford. 10th Battalion (A.I.F) Australian Imperial Force. Account of Landing at Gallipoli Peninsular

. THE LAKDIKG OF THE AUP’MLIJU O AT SULA GREAT 5ADE. (from the GREAT TfAR, H.M.WILSOI*. Paet 45. Page 337 For three days the huge fleet of trans^orts and warships in . Gen e ral Iludros Bay waited for the period of calm, acsicixasxBajc make a landing... Abereromby1 s example, and wh was taken from the transport the fleet settled weather that was needed Ian Hamilton followed Sir Ralph waited at Kudros Bay every soldi anfi transport the shore and from king and disembark shore to the ships By general consent ian and Few Zealand troops were th finest body of men ever sent forth i> y any country The to the field of battle, average height in some of the battalions was close on six feet, and every man looked like a trained athlete. I any of the privates had better positions in civil life than their officers. This led to an intensely demo cratic spirit in the Australasian Army, with excellent discipline, however and a keenness for battle which was quite extraordinary. The attack on the to Suez Canal had been a disappointment They were eager for as tough a job as the the men from the m gular British Army under­ taken at the Aisne, at Ypres, and at Keauve Chapelle. In the Dardanelles they obtained w&at they wanted. For in the new Plevna the stubborn courage and magnificent endurance of the Turks and the powerful armament and super organising skill of the German staff gave our Second Expeditionary Force, hund fifty thousand one of the most arduous and terrible combats in the annals of warfare. To speak plainly, we were faced impossible. Half a mil Even with half a milli Dardanelles with a task quite ¦iHfthe on ten at least it would were iiave b needed to carry a hard, long that ver^edflm ^B £ t throu gh • and costly operation, drive ever battle the landing and Germans had arty back into good the they coul reason to suppose that the first weeks of the exalted to sea,as (PJHH^H^^Einnounced thvy had done. Orly men of British stockH height of heroism surpassing that of their forefathers, could have accompl shed what our Second Expeditionary Force•achieved. For they accomplished the 0 # •The beaehese were very numbe seemingly impossible rampart of steep cliff being practically continuous, especially on th where the Australasians proposed to land. Above the cliffs were hosti positions on the inland hills commanding every line of approach.......... demonstration! against Suvla Bay was similarly intended to move Turkis s away from Gaba Tepe. It was successful in achieving this end, and i nared the way for the splendidly audacious feat of the Australian tro On Friday morning, Apwil 23rd the stormy weather subsided, ive o'clock in afternoon the first tran sport ro ollowed by other hug® liners, all their desks yellow with khaki battal bands of the fleet played them out, and the crews of the warships . The last salutation from the fleet was ans'w heered them y deafening division on to victory cheers from t of liners, wi soldiers on the tro s$ant pe, autiful Then the Australa steamed towards G g ril 25th. It was « calm night, with the and aft which was made about one o'clock a.m. on Sunday April sea lit by a brilliant crescent moon; the Idiers rested in preparation for their tremendous exertion, rds served with a last hot meal. At twenty ijinutes past one the boats v r e wered, and the troops fell in on deck and embarked in the boats, in com - ete silence and with great rapidity, without a hitch or accident of any .d. steam pinnaces towed the boats towards the shore, the great tleships also steaming towards the land. By ten minutes past four the ee battleships arrived two hundred and fifty yards fro:1 , the coast, whif The
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