An unsuitably clothed Gallipoli soldier

Military historian Dr Aaron Fox gives his "Discounting Private Ryan" talk at Toitu Settlers...
Military historian Dr Aaron Fox gives his "Discounting Private Ryan" talk at Toitu Settlers Museum. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Military historian Aaron Fox gave a public talk at Toitu yesterday detailing the clothing and supplies that New Zealand soldiers were equipped with during World War 1 at Gallipoli.

He used Invercargill soldier Arthur Ryan, who served at Gallipoli, in his talk titled ''Discounting Private Ryan'', to explain how underprepared soldiers were for conditions at Gallipoli.

Dr Fox detailed many problems with the uniforms.

The infantry hat had a red stripe across it, making soldiers ''stick out'' to the Turkish army, and was ''useless'' in protecting soldiers from shrapnel, Dr Fox said.

He said the regulation tunic was ''like sandpaper'' on soldiers' skin and the seams collected body lice.

The boots caused ''huge blisters''.

The water container only carried about two pints of water, which had to last soldiers two weeks when they first landed at Gallipoli.

About 60 people attended the talk, which was part of iD fashion week in Dunedin.

-elliot.parker@odt.co.nz

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