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The Landing at Anzac - history rewritten

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BerichtGeplaatst: 25 Apr 2014 9:26    Onderwerp: The Landing at Anzac - history rewritten Reageer met quote

Is there any more to learn about the landing of Anzac troops on the 25th of April 1915?

Yes, and according to a new book by Chris Roberts Brigadier (retired) we need to reassess many of the accounts which give us a picture of Turkish machine gun fire and bloody slaughter on the beach at Anzac Cove. It didn't happen.

In Chris Robert's book The Landing at Anzac 1915 he writes that the landing "was not a bloody landing under murderous fire", and that the beach was "not an inferno of bursting shells and barbed wire".
He adds that A B Facey's memoir - A Fortunate Life - in which he writes that he was one of the first soldiers ashore, is a fabrication.
Facey's war records reveals that arrived 12 days after the landing on the 7th of May and while Facey writes he was horribly wounded, his records reveal no such injury.
In an interview with Alex Sloan on 666 Afternoon Chris Roberts says he was first alerted to different accounts more than 30 years ago.
Chris Roberts is a retired Brigadier who served in Vietnam, later commanded the SAS Regiment and Northern Commmand and holds an honours degree in history.

He says he was surprised and stunned when he was doing a project that involved interviewing some of the veterans of the landing.
This included interviewing Brigadier Noel Louttit then a young Lieutenant, one of the Australian soliders to penetrate furthest inland.
"What he told me surprised me greatly."
Apparently Louttit revealed that the Turkish fire was moderate - and that he thought the ANZAC troops had trouble keeping up with the Turks.

Chris Roberts has spent years researching The Landing at Anzac 1915, it's the 12th book in the Australian Army Campaign Series by the Army History Unit in Canberra.

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