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Sose EssayConditions at Gallipoli11/04/13

Australians fought at three Theatres in World War One. The following essay describes the conditions, the food, the mateship they made, hygiene and the noise. The Australians troops had indeed experienced all of this. The conditions that the soldiers were living in and had to put up with at Gallipoli was not great. The troops had limited supplies and resources. These men would not have been very well nourished and were probably feeling week from lack of energy due to not eating any good nourishing foods. The hygiene in Gallipoli was very poor, there would have been no showers so the best they probably had were buckets of sea water and some kind of soap. The troops had very little medical supplies, so the wounded had a high risk of infection and fevers due to the infection. Diseases would have been spread extremely easily by the dead rotting bodies of the deceased especially when it got hot. Just the smell alone of the thousands of dead rotting bodies in the heat would make any man feel extremely sick as it was. Sleep was difficult and the trenches were hard to keep clean, so lice and skin diseases were always affecting people. In winter the troops were often in cold and wet conditions for long periods of time, so chest infections and a painful infection of the feet called Trench Foot were common. Food in the trenches was poor. The main food was tinned beef with bread or biscuits. Proper hot food was only served when soldiers were safely behind the lines. Maconachie, which is a kind of Irish stew which was heated on a charcoal brazier, was popular with the soldiers, as were treats such as bacon, cheese and jam. The drinking water had to be transported from behind the lines and usually had a very unpleasant taste caused by the chlorine that was used to kill the germs. The physical space in the trenches would not have been that great. The front line trenches were just ditches that were two metres deep with sandbags on top to form a parapets protection against enemy fire. The men walked on duckboards that were laid on the ground to avoid the mud. They rested in dug-outs that were carved into the sides of the trenches. When on duty the men would stood on fire steps and looked out over the top of the trench with a periscope. Enemy snipers would be ready to shoot anyone foolish enough to stick his head above the parapet. In front of the trenches were lines and rows of barbed wire to make it difficult for enemy soldiers to attack. The noise during Gallipoli would have been outrageous. Sounds from guns being fired consistently, never really stopping. Bombs and cannons going off. Although through all of this the one thing that would make you stop in your tracks would be the fearful screams and groans and death gasps of your fellow comrades whom you saw as part of your family. Most of the men who survived probably would have become deaf from all of the loud noises and explosions that would all be happening very close to you. All of the men didn’t really understand what they were doing; it’s more like they thought they knew. The Australians were all too eager to go off to war and leave their family behind. Some did it for the money others did it to be in history. The one thing that I believe that they didn’t think of was losing your new mates that you have made. Watching everyone one that you hold dear getting slaughtered and listening to their life slip away would have been the hardest thing and knowing that you will most probably share the same fate and never being able to see your family again. The training camps that were held in Cairo, Egypt did not prepare the Australian Troops like they thought because the Australians quickly made new mates and saw them as their second family so when they finally arrived at Gallipoli, seeing their mates getting slaughtered by the enemy they finally realised that that was it, they were most definitely going to meet the same fate as their fallen mates. It is clear, therefore, that the conditions the Australian troops had to live in whilst they were at Gallipoli were not practical. An example of this would be the conditions in the trenches, their food supplies and just life itself during their time at Gallipoli.

Ashleigh Westcott
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