Generous donation helps preserve our war history
EVERY year on Anzac and Remembrance days, the Vietnam Veterans Association Gympie sub-branch generously donates a book to Gympie Regional Libraries' collection with the aim of preserving a record of our war history for future generations and honouring the sacrifices made by our service men and women.
The sub-branch's donation for this Anzac Day is titled The Nek: A Gallipoli Tragedy, in which acclaimed war historian Peter Burness recalls one of the greatest tragedies in Australian military history.
At Gallipoli on August 7, 1915, hundreds of Australian light horsemen were repeatedly ordered to charge the massed rifles and machine guns of the Turks.
Burness describes the formation and background of the Light Horse regiments, including profiles of the officers involved.
He also provides a thoughtful analysis of the reasoning behind the suicidal charges, particularly when there seemed little, if any, chance of success.
On Wednesday, Gympie Vietnam Veterans Association special events organiser Ivan Friske officially presented the latest edition of The Nek, which includes a considerable amount of new research, maps and photographs, to acting libraries manager Geoff Barlow.
The Nek: A Gallipoli Tragedy will be available for loan from the library after Anzac Day.