Title: On the Anzac Trail – The Experiences of a New Zealand Soldier in Egypt and Gallipoli During the Great War
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2010
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 112 pages
Comments: The hard end of war in the Gallipoli trenches.
The anonymous author of this Great War memoir was already an experienced soldier at the outbreak of the Great War. He had been a long term ‘Old Colonial’ in New Zealand and had fought with the ‘Maori-landers’ throughout the Boer War. Now living in Ireland he answered the call for colonial men to rally to colours and joined his countrymen in London. A draft took them to Egypt where they expected to join the N. Z. Mounted Rifles regiments, but much against his will he found himself instead recruited into the ranks of the Engineers.
The Dardanelle’s initiative put an end to many soldiers’ preconceptions as to the manner in which their war would be fought. The author and his comrades soon found themselves fighting the Turks as infantry in the closely contested battles of the trenches of the Gallipoli peninsular. His descriptions of combat make immediate and gripping reading and predictably the spirit of ‘Anzac’ is written large in these pages.
The book is based on the author’s journal written as momentous events unfolded and concludes as he recovers from wounds having been declared unfit for further service. Available in softcover and hardcover for collectors.