29 Nov 2015

War Report 64 - 29 November 2015

From New Zealand in World War I, 8:53 pm on 29 November 2015

In November 2015, a gale smashed landing piers at Helles and Anzac and one officer noted: "All along the beach above the roar of the waves could be heard the crash of the great barges as the sea hurled them again and again against the shore". On 27 November severe rain and thunderstorms, which turned into blizzards, hit Gallipoli. More than 280 men died and there were 16,000 cases of frostbite and exposure. Not surprisingly, Kitchener confirmed that the evacuation would go ahead. Four New Zealanders recall the extreme conditions.

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