Monday, 7 May 2018

A Letter from Gallipoli

After learning about ANZAC day and the conditions faced by soldiers during the Gallipoli campaign we wrote letters home to Aotearoa from the perspective of soldiers during 1918.

A Letter from Gallipoli by Caroline

Dear Mum,

Here in Gallipoli there are lots of soldiers being killed by the enemy.
I’m starting to get use to all the loud disturbing noises of guns,
rifles and falling bombs. Thousands of soldiers die every day, you would not be
able to count every person that gets shot. Terrible wounds have been on almost
every body. Lots of navy's and soldiers have come to fight.
Some generous people have sent Anzac biscuits and other delicious foods overseas.
Soldiers easily get worn out. Bullets zoom and hit the soldiers.
The bombs come falling to the ground and sometimes hit unlucky soldiers.
New army ships come for war. Soldiers in camouflaging clothes come
overseas and fight. Everyone tries making narrow escapes but in every
nick and cranny there is a soldier ready to shoot. Here in the dugout
I can hear guns shooting louder than a giant building toppling over, bombs
falling like a massive  tree crashing to the ground and the sounds of soldiers
rustling underground. We soldiers can barely see the snipers from far away.
Soldiers are not very obvious in there camouflaging clothes.
I hope you are safe and healthy at home.

Love from Caroline  

A Letter from Gallipoli by Jack

Dear Charlie,

Hear in Gallipoli there are thousands of flies that are going around my dugout  trench while I am writing this letter to you. Heaps of soldiers have been killed, shocked, wounded and worn out in this terrible fight. Snipers, guns and rifles threaten constantly. A lot of people have dysentery. The soldiers are worrying about their health and there is a lot of shrapnel shells lying around us.

I hope to make it back in one piece


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