Gallipoli again. Huffington Post stuffs up.

Normally around Anzac Day I start to get a bit edgy especially when the usual books written by journalist who have no idea and are only after a quick jingoistic dollar. The same applies to media both traditional and social.

The other day I was doing a bit of research for school and came across this piece by Huffington Post. I have generally considered this as a left wing aggregator with little or no journalistic value. Basically good for affirming your own view, but little else. The piece written by Joseph Micallef discusses the landing at Suvla Bay in early August 1915 but what grabbed me was the images claimed to be taken during the landing and actions around the landing. So following the link below here we go.

The  image titled British troops landing at Suvla Bay, August 6 1915, is really Australians landing at Anzac Cove  on 25 April 1915.  The original image (below) has been carefully cropped by Huffington Post to remove the Anzac reference in the lower left corner. As a postcard it was sent by 622 Private Herbert Reynolds.

The next image (below) claimed as the British beachhead at Suvla Bay, August 1915 the is also of Anzac Cove on the 25 April 1915. It shows soldiers of the Australian 4th battalion landing at 8:00 am on the 25 April 1915.

The other image titled as Anzac troops advancing against Ottoman Positions along the Sari Bari Ridge, August 1915, is in reality taken by British Admiralty photographer Ernest Brooks on the 18 December 1915. Apart from being taken 4 months after the event it was also staged by Brooks. The original caption in the Australian War Memorial reads "A 'charge' of Australians at Anzac, arranged by the Official Photographer". The  key word here is 'arranged'. Brooks took over 500 photographs of the campaign many of the staged.

Of five images included in the article, three can be clearly questioned and regarded as incorrect. I am not accusing the writer more the Huffington Post editorial team of finding photos to fit the story, rather than actual photos of the event. One of Brooks more famous set ups is shown below. According to official historian Charles Bean, it was staged by the photographer.


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