The New Zealanders at Gallipoli
Passing Cape Helles
Passing Cape Helles.
[Photo by Col. Hughes, C.M.G., D.S.O.
A Battleship covering the Transports.
The old “London” steaming towards Anzac Cove.
Just opposite Gaba Tepe the transports slowed down. Like children kept inside on a wet day, we were very impatient. page 77 A desire to be doing something possessed all ranks. The men broke up cases and split the wood for kindling fires ashore. Every man pushed seven or eight pieces through the straps on the back of his pack. Many seized the opportunity to write the letter that most thoughtful soldiers write at the beginning of a campaign—a letter to be carried in the breast pocket and only to be forwarded by the comrade that buries him—tender farewells, simply and beautifully written, as men always do write when they are face to face with the things that really matter.
[Photo by the Author
Transports off Anzac Cove on April 25.
The ship in the foreground has disembarked Echelon A and is steaming out to make room for the next transport.
In groups of four the transports, covered by the battleships, moved up to about a mile off shore, disembarked the troops of the first echelon, and then moved to the rear, letting the next four continue the manoeuvre. On our port side the old twin-funnelled “Majestic” belched a stream of 12-inch shells on the ridges; away to starboard, the four long funnels of the “Bacchante” were dimly discernible through a tremendous column of smoke. Southwards, as far as the eye could see, were transports innumerable, and closer in-shore, the angry, barking battleships.