into the tragic tapestry of the Gallipoli
campaign are some wonderful tales of skill,
heroism and mateship, and Gallipoli Sniper
is right up there with the best of them.'
The Anzac battlefield on Gallipoli was made
for snipers. Scrub, cliffs, spurs and hills
meant that both Anzac and Turkish positions
often overlooked one another. The unwary or
unlucky were prey to snipers on both sides,
and the sudden crack of a gunshot and
instant death were an ever-present menace.
The most successful and most feared sniper
of the Gallipoli campaign, with over 200
credited 'kills', was Billy Sing, a Light
Horseman from Queensland.
John Hamilton has written an extraordinary
account of a hidden side of the Gallipoli
snipers' war. Following Sing from his
recruitment onwards, Hamilton takes us on a
journey into the squalor, dust, blood and
heroism of Gallipoli, seen from the unique
viewpoint of the sniper. It is also a moving
exploration of the aftermath of war, as
Billy Sing returned home, a celebrated
killer trying to adapt to a peacetime world.
Gallipoli Sniper is a powerful and
very different account of World War One and
its effect on those who fought in it.