What the Critics Say
This painting is the most accurate depiction to date of the dawn
landing at Anzac Cove on 25th April 1915. It captures the essence
of the action some thirty minutes after the initial landing and
strips away the myth associated with this iconic action in Australian
military history. Clearly, the artist has researched the subject
meticulously, down to the details of the uniforms, headdress and
equipment worn that day, the terrain, the shipping offshore, and
the light casualties sustained by the Australians around the cove
at the beginning of the action. Brigadier Chris Roberts AM, CSC
About Brigadier Chris Roberts AM,
Chris Roberts saw active service in South Vietnam as a troop
commander with the 3rd SAS Squadron. He then served in a number
of regimental and training appointments including Officer Commanding
1st SAS Squadron and Brigade Major 1st Task Force.
After staff appointments in Army Headquarters he was the Commanding
Officer of the SAS Regiment. Subsequent appointments included
Commander Special Forces, Director-General Joint Exercise Plans
for Exercise Kangaroo 92, Director-General Corporate Planning-Army,
and Commander, Northern Command, a tri-service command responsible
for Defence operations across northern Australia.
Chris then spent over 7 years with the Multiplex Group as Executive
Chairman Multiplex Facilities Management, and Group General Manager
Corporate Planning and Human Resources.
Since retiring he was worked as volunteer in the Military History
Section of the Australian War Memorial helping with the production
of "A Letter From Long Tan" (film) and ANZACs on the
Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide.
He is presently writing a volume for the Australian Army Campaign
Series on the landing at Anzac.
Chris is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon; the
University of Western Australia (BA Honours in History); the Army
Staff College; the United States Armed Forces Staff College; and
the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies. He has
published three papers: "The landing at Anzac: a re-assessment"
Journal of the Australian War Memorial, No 22 April 1993; Chinese
Strategy and the Spratly Islands Dispute, working paper No 293
Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU; and "Turkish
machine guns at the landing" Wartime, No 50 April 2010.