Scarecrow Army: The ANZACs at Gallipoli

The ANZACs at Gallipoli

The Drum Series

Age 12+

Armed Forces People & Places, Battles, History & The Past: General Interest Warfare

They had gone looking for the adventure of a lifetime.

An engaging and accessible account of the Gallipoli Story. On 25 April 1925, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders landed at an unnamed cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula. They had come to fight the Turks. They thought the battle would be over in three days, but months later they were still in the trenches they dug at the landing. Anzac Cove became a reverse graveyard where the bodies lay above the ground and the living slept under it.


Leon Davidson is a critically acclaimed writer who brings the stories of war to life for his readers. His books have all won major awards in New Zealand and Australia. Primarily written for children and young adults, they are equally accessible to adults. His books are also widely read in classrooms and used in teaching. He lives with his family in Wellington, where he is a primary school teacher.


This is an important offering. It provides a detailed account of this important period of Australian and New Zealand history, in a format accessible to upper primary and secondary aged children. It will prove an excellent educational resource, but is also suited for private reading.



CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
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