The attack has been timed to the minute. Thirty minutes from now we’ll climb down the rope ladders in to the lighters and find our seat. I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve been chosen as one of the 500 men from my battalion who will be in the first wave to land … The Turks won’t know what’s hit them … Two miles inland is our goal.
Lying about his age, and looking for adventure, 14-year old Victor March enlists in the 10th Battalion of the AIF to fight in the Great War. Victor and his new mates, Fish, Needle and Robbo, are headed for the Gallipoli peninsula and into battle. He is among the first soldiers to land at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and the world as he knows it is about to change.
In his diary, Victor records the horrors of war, his friendships, his fears and the story of Australia’s most legendary military campaign.
About the Author
Alan Tucker is a previous winner of the CBC Book of the Year, nonfiction award for his illustrated book, Iron in the Blood. Since winning that award he has concentrated on writing historical fiction based on Australian history: the Bombing of Darwin, Cyclone Tracy and Atomic Testing in SA. His latest book, Battlefield, is written in the same genre and examines the breakout of Japanese prisoners from the Cowra POW camp in August 1944. He is developing two other manuscripts. One is a first person narrative set in the 1960s. It examines a young man's relationship with a grumpy grandfather who is the product of horrific WW1 experiences. The other tells the story of the sinking of HMAS Sydney.
Series: My Australian Story
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9