Friday, 8 August 2014

100 Years ago-this week

While the countries of Europe manoeuvred their armies, Australia and New Zealand began to create their's.

Australian gunners are recorded as firing the British Empire's first shot of the War, on the 05 August 1914. Apparently a British destroyer was attributed with this deed as it fired at something like 10.30 am, and the Australian gun fired at 12.45 pm, but when you take into account the Time Zones, Australia's shot occurred a few hours before the British one. 
Read about it at these links ...

I do not cover this in my book, as I was not aware of it; but other events outlined in "The Anzac Legend" are as follows ...

Bridges became the commander of the 1st Australian Division.
C.E.W. Bean spelt "Labour Party" in this manner in his Official History, leading me to suspect that it is the original spelling of the title back at the beginning of the 20th century (page 16 of "The Story of Anzac".

Godley began to organise the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF)
and would lead it overseas.

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