GWL 23rd December 1915

Another lovely day.  Yesterday was awfully cold.  Snow on all the higher peaks and a very cold wind all morning, but bright and sunny.  The road still goes on.  It is a bit of a job trying to build, drain & metal a road with heavy traffic going along all the time.  We are supposed to be able to do it though.

Many preparations for Christmas going on.  Many hens and an odd goose or two so far have been procured.  These young officers are really extraordinary.  You know I am not too good a hand at bargaining, but I can give them about 98 points in 100.  They pay anything the people care to ask…….. We seem to have no news here of any kind.  There is a kind of daily paper,  which contains cuttings from the Athens papers, but as it contradicts itself about 20 times daily, it is not of much value as a conveyor of reliable information………….”

Mid-December saw the end of the ill-fated Dardanelles campaign with the evacuation of Suvla Bay and Anzac Cove.  The evacuation was recommended by Kitchener in mid-November but a combination of Government delays and bad weather meant this was delayed and not completed until the 20th.  The evacuation was the most successful element of the whole campaign with minimal casualties sustained.

{next post 28th December}



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