The job of a sapper in war-time is never a sinecure, much less in the conditions of the First World War. This anonymous New Zealand author gives a full and frank account of the fighting with the “Anzac” forces in Gallipoli. The sapper enlisted during the early months of the war and by December 1914 was off to the Middle East. After much training and many adventures in and around Cairo, the sapper was posted to the Anzac forces at Gallipoli, where his sojourn in the crucible of fire, suffering and death would last for two months before being invalided home. Written from his diary notes of the time, the action is recounted with immediacy, verve and wit.
An essential addition to anyone wanting to read about the Gallipoli campaign.
Author – Anon.
Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in London, W. Heinemann, 1916.
Original Page Count – 210 pages.