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Bean's account of The Nek

From: battalion@earthling.net
Date: 1/21/00
Time: 12:53:26 AM
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Hi Matthew,

Bean is very clear on the fact that there was a fourth wave in the assault on The Nek (Vol 2 p619).He also states that the bombardment was cut short seven minutes before it was expected by the Light Horse officers (Vol 2 p612-613). The appearance of the marker flag is a more debatable point. However one was claimed to have been seen, and I have read accounts of Turks claiming that some Light Horemen - including officers - entered the trenches and raised a flag (see for example 'The Nek' p145, 146), but were quickly killed.

Burness's book is certainly more detailed in its background and account of the fighting, and so it should be. It was published in 1996. The author had access to all Bean's works, including original diaries and all the research work done since Bean's time. But I don't see how it differs from Bean's account in its major outline.

Regards, Bryn Dolan

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