Lieutenant Colonel William G Malone

Lieutenant Colonel William G Malone

“… In the evening I got secret operation orders for our disembarkation at Gallipoli Peninsula, with full details of the whole movement. I will not set them down now, lest the secrecy be endangered. I was told to deliver copied to the secret orders to O/C units on my ship, but I did not think it wise to do so until we have sailed I shall keep the orders to myself. I am sorry to say it, but I believe that if I issued the orders as instructed they would be all over the ship in a very short time. The place of landing is much as I expected it to be. I know where the British 29th Divn and our own A & NZ Army Corps are to land, but there is no word as to the French and Russians. It won’t be long now before we are hard at with  the Turks.”

This journal entry comes from No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 157), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.

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