From ‘Sir Ian Hamilton’s dispatch’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: The Dardanelles affair is a war in itself — much more exacting and complicated than many wars in the past which have made the names of British generals and regiments immortal. If the policy which has governed this war is not creditable to our foresight and sagacity, the tale of devoted bravery and unfailing resource which Sir Ian Hamilton unfolds makes us forget much that is disquieting in sheer wonder and admiration. Words of praise become almost impertinent before such deeds… performed not by well-trained regiments, but for the most part by recently improvised troops, and by the splendid fellows from Australia and New Zealand, who proved that the free life of their countries makes men half soldiers by occupation even before they begin to form fours or learn how to sight a Service rifle.
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