On the 25th of April 1915 sol­diers of the Aus­tralian & New Zealand Army Corp land­ed at Gal­lipoli in Turkey at what is now called Anzac Cove. It was the first major mil­i­tary engage­ment for the “new” coun­try of Aus­tralia new­ly formed from the fed­er­a­tion of colo­nial States in 1901.

The land­ings were a com­plete dis­as­ter. British, French, Indi­an and New­found­lan­ders (at the time not offi­cial­ly part of Cana­da) as well as Aus­tralian and New Zealand troops suf­fered some 251,000 casu­al­ties in the six months of the offen­sive.

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years con­demn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morn­ing
We will remem­ber them.

Lest we For­get

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