"All this time, the 24 hours round the big gun ships were booming away, also quick fighting Howitzers, mountain guns and rifles. Endless fighting. Shrapnel bursting on and close to the beach..."
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"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."
A great sight. Britannia rules the waves - right enough! We sail at 6 am tomorrow morning and expect to land between noon and 5 pm.
"In 5 days we shall be masters of enough of the Peninsula to give us plenty of water and enable landing regularly of full supplies...."
"I heard last night that a NZ mail had arrived on HMT Goslar, sp at 5.30 am today I sent a boat to fetch our share. It was blowing "some" so it took the crew 4 hours to go and return. To my delight there was a little letter from Mater. .... It was a very great pleasure to hear from her. I immediately wrote to acknowledge it as we may be away very soon now. ... Genl Sir Ian Hamilton has issued the following special order. "
This journal entry comes from No Better Death: The Great War Diaries and Letters of William G Malone (page 158), edited by John Crawford and published by Exisle Publishing. Available in the Palmerston North City Library and from Exisle Publishing.