Living Conditions

The soldiers fighting in Gallipoli had to put up with terrible living conditions. Most were living in trenches, like the soldiers on the Western Front. In the summer the heat on the Gallipoli Peninsula was scorching and sometimes there wasn't enough water. The sanitary conditions - washing and going to the toilet - were so bad that soldiers caught nasty diseases such as dysentery (an infection in the intestine). In fact you were more likely to die of disease at Gallipoli than you were to be killed by the enemy. Then came the winter, which brought freezing blizzards. 16,000 men suffered from frostbite.