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Joshua,

It has to do with WWI and the Gallipoli campaign in April of 1915- January 1916 in the Dardenelles. This event was really the first major confrontation that Australia faced as a nation.

It is truly a fascinating campaign involving Churchill, Lord Kitchener, the soon-to-be ruler of Turkey named Ataturk, and the usual host of political generals and bad military decisions.

But the bravery and courage of the ANZACS (Aussies and New Zealanders) was exemplary.

The landing at the beaches was studied by the planners of D-Day nearly thirty years later.

If you want to see a great movie see "Gallipoli" with Mel Gibson. One of the best movies ever and accurate.

It's a shame that it is overshadowed by the European campaigns of WWI as I find it much more interesting.

Many, many thousands of brave men died there. I, too, lift a glass in their memory.

Regards,

Steve
 

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It is the day Australia and New Zealand honour our nations' war dead and those who served, bore the burden of battle and came home to build our nations.

25 April 1915 was the day of the landing at what is now known as ANZAC Cove by the Australian, New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Penisula.

Read "Gallipoli" By Les Carlyon. It is a definitive study of the campaign.


A toast, "We shall remember them."
 
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