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War involving Australians including WW1

Updated on April 26, 2014

Anzac Day

Today 25 April as many of you know is ANZAC Day here in Australia. A day we have as a National Holiday to commemorate the sacrifice of Diggers during the Gallipoli campaign during the first world war. The Gallipoli campaign despite the glorification by certain groups was a logistical war mistake made by Winston Churchill the then British War Minister. Churchill order Australia (not British!) to invade the beachfront of Gallipoli of the now consecrated ground of ANZAC cove. It was a complete bloodbath. The Turkish Peninsula was so shaped that the Turkish infantry could just pick of Aussies troops from gun posts at will as they descended on the beaches of Turkish territory.

On the 25 April, 1915 the ANZAC forces made up of Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary forces landed on what is now known as ANZAC Cove. The landing was the wrong Bay and instead of a gently sloping bay the attacking forces were faced with a very steep cliff which was well defended by the Ottoman forces at the top.. As such the Australian and New Zealand troops were picked off at will many of whom died from gunshot fire before they even hit the shoreline.

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Military tradition

In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day's activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his final rest and at commemorative services such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.

The Last Post is one of a number of bugle calls in military tradition that mark the phases of the day. While Reveille signals the start of a soldier's day, the Last Post signals its end.

The call is believed to have originally been part of a more elaborate routine, known in the British Army as "tattoo", that began in the 17th century.

Gallipoli Pennisula


Even though the Gallipoli Campaign was deemed a disaster in terms of the loss of life suffered there and the failure to achieve a military victory, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (or ANZACs as they have become known as) became a legend. What happened at Gallipoli made them an important part of Australian culture at a time when the newly-federated nation of Australia had not yet established herself at an international level.

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    • ladyjane1 profile image

      ladyjane1 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great hub my dad was a bugle player before wwii broke out. Great information.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      yep thanks BJBenson

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      BJBenson 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great information. I Knew some about this history but you filled in some blanks. Thanks.

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