Monday, April 22, 2013

Countdown To ANZAC 22 April 1915

1st Battalion War Diary, "Battalion remained on board , weather too windy for boats".

1st Brigade War Diary, "Fine and cold. East wind still high and veering to north.  Weather unsettled. Starting postponed 24 hours...."

Sir Ian Hamilton
Sir Ian Hamilton's diary for this day:

22nd April, 1915. S.S. "Arcadian."

Lemnos. Wind worse than ever, but weather brighter. Another twenty four hours' delay. Russian Military Attaché from Athens (Makalinsky) came to see me at 2.30 p.m. He cannot give me much idea of how the minds of the Athenians are working. He says our Russian troops are of the very best. Delay is the worst nerve-cracker.

Charley Burn, King's Messenger, came; with him a Captain Coddan, to be liaison between me and Istomine's Russians.

The King sends his blessing.

The following gracious message has been received to-day by the General Commanding—

"The King wishes you and your Army every success, and you are constantly in His Majesty's thoughts and prayers."

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