Souvenir of the Landing of the Australian Troops at the Dardanelles. A souvenir brochure printed during the invasion of Gallipoli to support the Red Cross
by [WWI; Australia; Gallipoli]
[London]: [The Times], 1915. Wraps. Fine. A very scarce pamphlet detailing the landing at Gallipoli, as described by a special correspondent following the operations in a battleship off the Dardanelles: "the great venture has at last been launched, and the entire fleet of warships and transports is now steaming slowly towards the shores of Gallipoli". The sale of the brochure was to support the Red Cross Movement. Price 1/-.Contents include: Dardanelles, April 24; A Night on Board, April 26; The Landing; The First Wounded; Australians' Bayonet Work; A Fortunate Error; Turkish Attack Pressed; Night Fighting, April 27; Field Guns Landed, April 28; A Barrage of Shells; and General Birdwood's Praise. With eyewitness descriptions, including: "These Colonials are extraordinarily cool under fire, often exposing themselves rather than taking the trouble to keep in under the shelter of the cliff. One of the strangest sights of all was to see numbers of them bathing in the sea with the shrapnel bursting all around them". (p16)12mo, 16pp. Illustrated brown printed wrappers with rough cut edges, illustration of officer saluting at front wrapper, bound in red, white & blue colored ribbon. Red Victoria cross at rear wrapper.Libraries Australia ID 4705130; Trove records 3 libraries holding copies: Australian War Memorial Research Centre, State Library NSW, and State Library of Western Australia. OCLC: 220047033 records the same 3 libraries holding copies. (Inventory #: 21976)
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