Of all the events in Australia’s history, the battle at Gallipoli
in World War I stands out as having defined the spirit of our nation.
Although Gallipoli represents different things to different people,
the story of the ANZACs who fought at Gallipoli
is one of perseverance and courage in the face of failure and despair.
After four months of training in Egypt, the ANZAC troops left for Gallipoli.
At dawn on 25 April 1915 they landed at a beach now known as ANZAC Cove.
The landing was nightmarish; the beach was at the bottom of a steep slope,
meaning that the ANZACs had a tough and dangerous struggle
to climb up the beach as the well-organised Turkish troops
rained shells and gunfire down onto them from the top of the cliff.
Here is the failure and the legend of the ANZACs:
they had landed in the wrong position.
They had meant to land on a flat beach where they would have
had a better chance of reaching the shore to attack enemy troops.
Instead, the ANZACs and the Turkish troops reached a deadlock,
with neither able to take any new ground for months.
The ANZACs began evacuating on 20 December 1915.
The Australians and New Zealanders had spent only eight months in Gallipoli,
but in this short time had suffered 25,000 casualties,
including 8700 deaths.
The bravery and endurance of troops in the face of death
is what turned this horrific event into a legend that has helped
to shape the countries of Australia and New Zealand
ANZAC Day Song for schools 2015- "Lest We Forget"
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
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