Beans Gallipoli - the Diaries of Australias Offical War by Kevin ( Ed. ) Fewster

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But he did try to ensure such accuracy by consulting, as far as possible, those who had seen or otherwise taken part in the events. The constant falsity of second-hand evidence (on which a large proportion of war stories are founded) was impressed upon him by the second or third day of the Gallipoli campaign, notwithstanding that those who passed on such stories usually themselves believed them to be true. All second-hand evidence herein should be read with this in mind. 16 Sept. W. QX5 29/9/06 12:30 PM Page 23 CHAPTER 1 ‘Good luck to you boys’ 21 October–3 December 1914 ‘Good luck to you boys’ On 3 August 1914, as the threat of war in Europe loomed, the Australian Government notified Britain that it was willing to despatch an expeditionary force of 20,000 men should the need arise.

Au). Many of Bean’s Gallipoli photographs can also be seen online at the Memorial’s website. Over 90 years have passed since Bean penned his diaries, notes and newspaper articles on the Gallipoli Peninsula. In the intervening decades, technology has seemingly revolutionised war and war reporting. But some things might not be as different as first impressions suggest. The 2003 invasion of Iraq by American and Allied forces saw the emergence of what was presented as a new wartime phenomenon: the embedded journalist war correspondent.

Ship was getting in anchor as I went up on deck. Minotaur and Melbourne already moving out. We steamed slowly down line . . QX5 29/9/06 12:30 PM Page 27 ‘Good luck to you boys’ 27 Image rights unavailable HMT Orvieto leads HMT Southern and HMT Pera out of King George’s Sound, Albany, Western Australia, 1 November 1914. Unbeknown to them, for many of the troops aboard the 36-ship convoy this would be the last time they saw Australia. AWM NEG. NO. G01542 spite of the fact that a convoy order had been given that ships were to be at attention when passing other ships.

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