Gallipoli Sniper by John Hamilton
A capable and altogether different record of war and its impact on the individuals who battle
The Anzac front line on Gallipoli was made for expert sharpshooters. Scour, bluffs, goads and slopes implied that both Anzac and Turkish positions frequently disregarded each other. The unwary or unfortunate were prey to sharpshooters on both sides, and the sudden break of a discharge and moment demise were an ever-display hazard.
The best and most dreaded expert marksman of the Gallipoli crusade was Billy Sing, a Light Horseman from Queensland who was practically exceptional among the Australian troops in having a Chinese-conceived father. A mix of tolerance, stealth and an inconceivable eye made him totally lethal, with the unfathomable – and astonishing – figure of more than 200 credited “murders”.
John Hamilton, writer of the smash hit Goodbye Cobber, God Bless You, has composed a remarkable record of a concealed side of the battle – the riflemen’s war. Taking after Sing from his enlistment onwards, Hamilton takes us on an excursion into the lack of sanitization, clean, blood and gallantry of Gallipoli, seen from the extraordinary
perspective of the marksman.