Gallipoli

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Poppies on the Beach at Gallipoli, 2009. Photographer: Gaida Stevens

On 29 May 1915 the first mine explosion of the Gallipoli campaign was successfully exploded by the Turks at Quinn's Post. On the same day General William Birdwood ordered experienced miners be found from the ranks. Around 200 experienced miners were selected from the 2nd and 3rd Brigades, along with four officers who were mining engineers. [1]

Upon the formation of a Mining Corps the calue of miners during the Gallipoli campaign was acknowledged:-

The formation of a Miners Corps for active service is the latest phase of the recruitment movement in Victoria. Already the miners have distinguished themselves at Gallipolli, and so valuable is their work in trench construction and sapping operations, in addition to fighting that the Minister of Defence de-fence decided to take the necesusary steps organise a miners' corps. As the aoutcome some of that resolution the City Hall althorities saturday, received a telgram from the Assistant Adjutant-General on a the subject. The message was worded as follows:-"'Re Miners' Corps. Please arrange to get 50 recruits at once, if possible.[2]

Mining tactics were carried out at Quinn's Post and Courtney's Post.[3]

Points in the TUrkish line were singled out and on 20 Decembre 1915 twenty mines were fired folllowed by infantry attacks.[4]

In the last scene at ANZAC Lieutenant J.P. Caddy alone on the front after all the troops had withdrawn fired the last mine at Russell's Top leaving the Turks to discover the next morning deserted Australian trenches.[5]

Australian Engineers at Gallipoli from the Ballarat Electorate

Harold E. Baxter; Thomas R. Williams

World War One Tunnel Entrance, Gallipoli, 2009. Photographer: Gaida Stevens

Also See

Battle Fields

External Links

"A discovery in a small Queensland Town is shedding light on the trenches of Gallipoli", aired on the 7.30 Report on 26 Jan 2015. http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4168590.htm

References

  1. Finlayson, Damien, Crumps and Camophlets, Big Sky Publishing, N.S.W., p. 11.
  2. Ballarat Courier.
  3. Thomas, Ross, Underground: A Tribute to the Tunnellers of the Great War 1914-1918, SP, 08 July 1994.
  4. Thomas, Ross, Underground: A Tribute to the Tunnellers of the Great War 1914-1918, SP, 08 July 1994.
  5. Thomas, Ross, Underground: A Tribute to the Tunnellers of the Great War 1914-1918, SP, 08 July 1994.

--Cgervasoni (talk) 09:32, 27 January 2015 (AEDT)

Abandoned Trenches, Gallipoli, 2009. Photographer: Gaida Stevens
Beach at Gallipoli, 2009. Photographer: Gaida Stevens