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A 'sap' with several soldiers sitting in it
Title : A 'sap' with several soldiers sitting in it A 'sap' with several soldiers sitting in it
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Source : English, Thomas Woolmer, PRG 381/23/3
Date of creation : 1915
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Photograph taken during the Gallipoli campaign of a 'sap' (a deep narrow trench constructed to approach an enemy's position), with several soldiers sitting in the trench. The original caption reads 'A "T" Sap, Walker's Ridge.' (1915). This photograph is included in the papers of Captain Thomas Woolmer English, a member of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Australian troops first landed at the Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915. Fighting on steep terrain, the Allies attempted to break through the strongly defended Turkish lines. A stalemate persisted in the following nine months, and Australian troops were evacuated 19-20 December. With over 8,000 deaths and 26,000 casualties, the Gallipoli campaign had a profound effect on Australian society.

Coverage year : 1915
Period : 1914-1918
Further reading :

Australian War Memorial. Australians at war, 1885-1972: photographs from the collection of the Australian War Memorial / selected by Peter Stanley and Michael McKernan; introduction by Michael McKernan, Sydney: Collins, 1984

Bean, CEW. Gallipoli mission, Sydney: ABC Enterprises in association with the Australian War Memorial for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1990

Haythornthwaite, Philip J. A photohistory of World War One, London: Arms and Armour, 1993

World War I in photographs [compiled by] Adrian Gilbert; consultant editor John Terraine London: Orbis, 1986

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