Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Battle for Lone Pine

Subtitled Four days of hell at the heart of Gallipoli, this book by David W Cameron recounts the events of the four days from 6 August to 9 August 1915. There were two thousand, two hundred and seventy-seven Australian casualties during the four days with more than 8oo dead. It was estimated that there were more than five thousand Turkish casualties. The battle can be described as a blood bath.

Based on diary entries, correspondence and official reports such as those noted by Charles Bean this is a very human account of the lead up to the battle as well as the four days when the battle took place as experienced by those involved. As we remember the Centenary of World War I this book provides a telling reminder of the sacrifice of  young lives at the Battle of Lone Pine.

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