Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Ordnance in the Dardanelles
The plan for ordnance supplies was to set up a supply base on the island of Lemnos.
The process of getting supplies from Lemnos to the invading troops was to be by means of two ships. The model was in a sense simple: a floating ordnance warehouse close enough to the troops to replenish supplies at short notice, but far enough away to escape enemy attack. Stores would be set out on shelving in every available space, but most particularly the cargo holds.
The plan, like so many plans, proved a disaster. It was only be the inventive and hard work by Ordnance men that the troops were supplied at all.
Phil Hamlyn Williams's current project is a book entitled Mr Williams and a Century of Revolution about the man who discovered Charlotte Bronte. He previous book, Ordnance, tells the story of how the British Army was equipped for the Great War. It is to be published by The History Press in June 2018. His next previous book, War on Wheels, tells the story of the thousands of ordinary men and women who together worked to mechanise the British Army in WW2. It was published by The History Press on 8 September 2016. He writes regularly on contemporary issues for a number of periodicals and his own blogs. He has written the story of the MacRobert's Reply collaborating with Story Terrace, published in December 2016. He was awarded an MA in Professional Writing at University College Falmouth in 2009. As a result of the this course, he wrote a novel, Broken Bonds, on human dimension of the Banking Crisis. His He has been writing for fifteen years, having spent much of his career in professional services and the not for profit sector.