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Gallipoli Sniper – The Life of Billy Sing

By: John Hamilton (575/35901)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan ISBN: 9781405038562

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 credit ‘kills’, was Billy Sing, a Light Horseman from Queensland.

John Hamilton has written an extraordinary account of a hidden side of the Gallipoli campaign – the 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.

August 2008


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