Gallipoli: “This is only suicide boys”

The British invasion of Gallipoli in 1915 is best summed up by Australian digger Cecil McAnulty, as he describes an attack which saw hundreds of his comrades cut down within moments by Turkish defenders machine-gun fire:

“We were right out in the open and all the Turkish machine guns and rifle seemed to be playing on us and shrapnel bursting right over us. I yelled out to the other 4 chaps, ‘This is only suicide boys, I’m going to make a jump for it. I thought they said alright we’ll follow. I sprang to my feet in one jump.’”

Private Cecil McAnulty, 3rd Battalion, 8 August 1915.


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