This 25th April marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War. Australia and New Zealand troops took part in a fierce battle at Gallipoli lasting for eight months.
Approximately 8,000 Anzac soldiers lost their lives, whilst the battle ended in a stalemate. The battle itself, and the bravery of the soldiers have not been forgotten to this day. The Anzacs were dubbed the ‘Knights of Gallipoli’ as a commemoration for the bravery with which they fought.
The impacts of this war touched the hearts of many worldwide, particularly within Australia. The Australian War Memorial wrote:
‘At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships.
More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25th April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy.
What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future.’
Parades are now held to commemorate lives lost from not only Gallipoli, but also the Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost fighting during the World War. We hope you spend this time to remember, reflect and appreciate all those brave souls lost.