Letters and Stories

Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war

and their connection to the region.

The Turkish Offensive

Turkish May offensive: The Man with the Donkey dies and another legend is born.

The first week

Unable to achieve their objectives on the heights of Chunuk Bair and Achi Baba, the Anzacs and the British dug in. Gallipoli.

In the foothills success - above the impossible

August offensive began on August 6 with a diversionary attack on Lone Pine.

The Nek

Below to the right lay the Australian trenches at The Nek, the narrow strip of flat land about the size of a football field.

The first night at Anzac

Less than 24 hours after the landing, the Gallipoli expedition leader Sir Ian Hamilton was sound asleep in his cabin aboard the warship Queen Elizabeth.

As our boats sneaked on in the early morning...

On the night of April 24, naval ships with steam pinnaces and rowboats on board.

Wonderful endurance and self-sacrifice

Before the war, I never dreamt that just average men could do so well.

Quinn's Post

‘Thus ends that fateful day that took all my mates away’

Gallipoli Cost

Gallipoli toll: Almost 400,000 from both sides left dead or wounded in Gallipoli.

British Army Graveyard Kindermord

The first battle of Ypres began on October 20, 1914, near the end of the Race for the Sea.

Indigenous Attitudes

‘Too Dark for the Light Horse’

A few minutes creeping

The lads from Wide Bay District in the 15th Battalion made a brilliant bayonet charge on May 9.

Disease, heat and flies

As the summer swelter set in, the Anzacs cursed billions of flies drawn by unsanitary conditions.

March 1918 - German Offensive

March 1918 German offensive Russia withdraws from war with 15.8 million casualties on the Eastern Front.

Lone Pine

‘So long, Tom,’ was the answer at Lone Pine, ‘see you again in half an hour’.