Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Gallipoli Story

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Gallipoli Story

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Title: The Gallipoli story

Author: Patrick Carlyon

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, revised edition, 2015


The Gallipoli story is a compelling non-fiction novel. It recounts the events, hardships, battles and conditions of our brave ANZACs as they fought the determined Turkish soldiers at Gallipoli a hundred years ago. Written by Patrick Carlyon, this novel has moments of triumph and grief as well as heart touching photographs and quotes. Patrick tries to explain to readers that the 35,700 casualties or deaths of the ANZAC soldiers were caused because they risked their lives, their families and all they had ever known to protect us, the future generations of Australia and New Zealand. They did not know who we were, but they put their lives on the line for us. It is a powerful and intense story that would definitely appeal to readers interested in history, war and adventure.

The Gallipoli story is about the famous 'Great War'. It gives the reader an insight in what it was like to be an ANZAC soldier. The story begins just before dawn on Sunday, 25 April 1915. Over 54,000 brave Australian soldiers had enlisted to fight. It was a rush to enlist and many lied about their age, with the youngest ANZAC, Private James Martin, being just fourteen when he died in October 1915. From cramped lifeboats to uncontrollable nerves, it is clear that the hardships of the war had settled in well before the soldiers' arrival at ANZAC Cove. But things became even more intense and difficult because as soon as the ANZACs landed the fighting immediately began. …

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