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New finds at Gallipoli reveal the reality of life in the fro

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 06 Okt 2011 18:29    Onderwerp: New finds at Gallipoli reveal the reality of life in the fro Reageer met quote

An ambitious project to uncover what life was like for soldiers at Gallipoli during the First World War has produced a range of exciting discoveries.
Earlier this year, an international team of archaeologists began an extensive survey of the peninsula in Turkey, the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War.
The experts used the latest technology, including non-invasive mapping and GPS, to plot the terrain of 1915. They found incredibly complex trench systems that would be difficult to record using even modern means.
One of the most notable finds was that of the area known as Maloneís Terraces. This was located near Quinnís Post, a key Allied position, and was masterminded by Lieutenant Colonel William Malone of the Wellington Battalion, NZEF.
When New Zealanders arrived in June 1915 to take over the defence of Quinnís Post from Australian troops, Malone strengthened the defences. This included having terraces built into the ground for soldiers to sleep in. They were long thought to be completely lost, so their discovery is highly significant.
The terraces were part of over 1,000 metres of trenches and dugouts identified by the archaeologists. They also unearthed over 130 artefacts, including water bottles complete with bullet holes, ammunition, buttons and belt buckles.
Another outcome of the survey has led to the suggestion that Turkish troops enjoyed better quality food than Allied soldiers.
The team found that the Turkish kitchens were a lot closer to their front line than those of their opponents Ė meaning meals would have been fresher. It was also the case that processed food containers were much more commonly found on the Allied side than on the Turkish.
The teamís work will go towards a greater understanding of the Gallipoli campaign, while their finds will go on display at a local museum in Turkey.

http://www.1914.org/news/new-finds-at-gallipoli-reveal-the-reality-of-life-in-the-front-line/

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http://www.1914.org/news/gallipoli-trenches-mapped-out-by-team-of-archaeologists/
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