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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

24. Anzac Day - Lest we forget

 
ANZAC Day, 25th April is the day Australians remember the original landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is our most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australians and New Zealand forces in the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took endures to this day.

 
Above: Anzac Cove
Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallopoli Peninsular to open the way to the Black Sea for the Allied navies. The landed at Gallipoli on April 25 and met fierce resistance form the Turkish defenders. The campaign dragged on for eight months.

 
Above: Anzac soldier carrying a wounded comrade at Gallipoli
At the end of 1915 the Allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and severe hardship. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing at Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which Australians remembered the the sacrifice of those who had died in war.


 
Above: Anzacs
We honour those Diggers and all Diggers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


Below is an Anzac tribute I made compiled of original photoshots from World War One, including the Landing at Anzac Cove, Passchendaele, marches and photos taken by soldiers.






 
Above: Looking through a window on to a battlefield cemetery



Lest we forget

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