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I am sitting in my dugout, writing and thinking of you and waiting
for one of these horrible sorties to take place. Quinn’s Post…is our most
advanced post and juts out in front of all the others…the Turk trenches are only
about 10 yards off and all day and all night mining and counter-mining, bombing
and sharp-shooting, go on without ceasing…the ground is becoming so broken up
with mines and the whole place so untenable for us, that we have to go out
tonight to take the trenches opposite…My division landed 8,543 strong and has
had 4,332 casualties: more than 50 percent…Johnston, Pinwill and Fenwick have
all been rather seedy with diarrhoea…but how I hate it all, though one is very
proud to command such splendid men as these are.
Letter dated 4th June by Godley to his wife, reproduced from “Gallipoli, The New Zealand Story”, (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 243
We could notice the Turks putting their head above the parapet and signalling to us – shortly afterwards there was a dull thud in the trench which we took to be one of the many bombs. However as nothing transpired, in the course of a few minutes I picked the parcel up – it contained cigarettes and written underneath one of the boxes was the following inscription (written in
all the time
from that fierce crestline which is Quinn’s, there comes a slow constant
tickle of wounded-some dragging themselves painfully along; others being
carried along on stretchers.
“Gallipoli Diary” Volume I, (London 1920), Ian Hamilton, p. 258 (May 1915)
"Terraces below Quinn's post. Dead Man's Ridge is in the centre and Pope's Hill at the extreme left" period picture reproduced from "Gallipoli, a guide to New Zealand battlefields and memorials", (Auckland 2004), Ian McGibbon, p.72.
French) : “Take with
pleasure our heroic enemies. Send some milk.” … After this, the Turks and
ourselves intermingled in no-man’s land for about a quarter of an hour and then
“finis” was announced –a few shots fired towards the sky and everything went on
Captain Cuthbert Finlay quoted in "Gallipoli", (Sydney 2002), Les Carlyon, p. 291
"Looking through a loophole at Quinn's. The Turkish line is the opposite line of sandbags. On the right is a communication trench dug during on of the raids on the Turks. The pickets were for barbed wire and for wire netting to stop grenades. A body can be seen on the skyline to the right of the picture", period picture reproduced from “Gallipoli, The New Zealand Story”, (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 237.
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A cigarette case thrown over in November by the Turks at Quinn's - The inscription is the Turkish soldiers' French for'"Take with pleasure. To our heroic enemy'", period picture reproduced from “The Story of Anzac", (Sydney 1981) Volume I, Charles E. W. Bean, p.808
“The Gaps in the line at the head of Monash Valley. Anzac troops were at Russell’s top (R), Pope’s (P), and Quinns (Q) : The Turks were at the Nek (N-N), Chessboard (Ch), and eventually at Dead Man’s Ridge (D) and in the trenches in the foreground, adjoining Quinn’s.”, picture reproduced from “The Story of Anzac", (Sydney 1981) Volume I, Charles E. W. Bean, p. 586.