Letters and Stories

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

and their connection to the region.

These continual frontal attacks

Two brigades of Australians and New Zealanders were taken from Anzac Cove to Helles for the Second Battle.

Turkish tenacity and a brilliant leader

A Turkish Lieutenant Colonel with piercing blue eyes and a powerful presence stepped forward as the Anzacs landed.

Menin Road

New Zealand’s worst day on the Western Front.

The Turkish Offensive

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

My nerve is completely gone

L/Cpl J. F. Kerr: Just a few lines to let you know I am safe.

Futile charges in no man's land

Indecisive battles along entrenchments on the Western Front continued in 1915

A bleak winter looms

After the heat, hundreds freeze to death in trenches. ‘It has been snowing all day and my hands are like blocks of wood

British Army Graveyard Kindermord

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

Sooner to be back at old Pialba

‘ … would sooner be … at old Pialba with the tent and fishing line … catching whiting.’

On the loss of your son James

Dernancourt, a village on the River Ancre in France, was the scene of desperate fighting during the German offensive.

Lone Pine lives on in legends

Would the real Lone Pine please stand up?

Indigenous Attitudes

‘Too Dark for the Light Horse’

Hamel

Hamel was a small town but its capture by the Australians inspired the Allies on the Western Front.

Fromelles

‘The stock of a thousand butcher-shops’

Mud is very hard for horses

Fighting in the Battle of the Somme continued until November.