Author(s): Jack Bennett
Re-issue of the novel based on David Williamson's screenplay for Peter Weir's classic Australian film, Gallipoli (originally released in 1981, starring Mel Gibson). On the morning of 25 April 1915, the first wave of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula under intense Turkish fire. When the Anzacs crept away, defeated, eight months later, 7594 Australians had been killed and more than 19,000 had been wounded. About one-fifth of the men engaged in this tragic and mismanaged encounter were under the age of 21 - boys who were fired with loyalty for a nation itself not yet 15 years old. This is the story of two of those boys .