What was life like for the soldiers at Gallipoli?
Soldiers in Gallipoli during the First World War had it very hard, they were badly trained, badly fed, had horrible living conditions and were led to a massacre within the first few hours after landing. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at ANZAC cove during the First World War faced such problems as lack of food, not enough clean water and no proper shelter.
During the Gallipoli campaign at Anzac Cove a lot of troops were almost starved to death due to poor supply lines and constant attacks from the Turkish. It wasn’t that they didn’t have food but it was the small amounts and the quality of the unvaried diet that did the damage. ANZAC troops lived off bully beef which was a type of canned meat, hard biscuit some tea and sugar and the occasional bit of jam. Fresh vegetables were scarcely available and even canned or dried vegetables were a luxury. It was amazing that these soldiers could still work and fight on such poor rations. This horrible diet was also one of the reasons that diseases and infection spread so fast. Due to the lack of vitamins and minerals in their diet the Anzac’s immune systems were severely dilapidated which allowed for disease take hold much easier. The Turkish soldiers weren’t much better off they still had to live off mostly hard rations such as biscuit and dried meat but had the huge benefit of being able to obtain fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms.
The Anzacs at Gallipoli had constant problems with water supply through out their 8 month campaign. A lot of water was originally sourced from wells but these quickly dried up. The Anzacs had to have water shipped in which was an extremely laborious and dangerous task for the troops who were made to ferry the water from the boats to the trenches, the space between in full range and sight of the Turkish riflemen. On many occasions they were forced to drink dirty or stagnant water, this gave many Anzacs sicknesses...
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