AWM P01116.005

Men with various state of undress are washing on the beach.

Anzacs swimming and relaxing at Anzac Cove. All of the beaches in the Anzac position – Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove and North Beach – were used by en from all over the Anzac for swimming and getting clean. Bathing was a dangerous pastime; Turkish guns regularly shelled the beach, often causing casualties – but when the shelling ceased, men simply resumed their swim. Of one occasion Bean wrote: … it is recorded that on June 23, during bathing, eight men were hit – one of them came out of the water holding his almost severed arm. Charles Bean, The Story of Anzac, Vol II, Sydney, 1924, p. 383 AWM P01116.005

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