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"A lovely calm morning. We left Port Mudros at 6 am. An auspicious departure. I wonder what our landing will be like. I fancy it will [be] easy, The weather conditions seem perfect and I can but think that our enormous artillery power will blast most of the Turkish resistance off the face of the peninsula."

[Next entry] "As the New Zealanders landed, they were rushed up to the heights, mixed up higgedly piggledy among themselves and with the Australian, with resulting in the case of my men anyhow (in my opinion) in serious avoidable loss. At 4.30 pm my first troops went ashore. Taken off by HMS Bulldog, torpedo boat. I sent 2 Coys [companies] of Canterbury Bn and 1/2 Taranaki Coy, the latter in the man barge we had towed. I went with this consignment. When we got within about 1 mile of the shore we got into our ships boats and rowed ashore. The Turks welcomed us with shrapnel and sprayed up the sea all about us, but very few of us got hit. The beach was crowded with all sorts of beings, men, mules, donkeys, horses, ammunition, supplies, naval beach parties, In getting out of the boats many men got a salt-water bath all over. They had full packs, 200 rds of ammn, 3 days food, etc., so easily shipped and fell. There didn't seem much organisation on the shore, in fact it was disorganisation. We evidently haven't got a Kitchener about. On paper it was all right, but in practice no good. Still Britishers always muddle thro somehow or another...."

To read the rest of these journal entries, see No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 161-163), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.

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