Gallipoli: The Centenary

Today was the centenary of the landing of Gallipoli, which was part of World War One.

It was a battle that turned out to be a disaster:

The idea to knock the Ottomans out of the war and open a sea route to Russia was Winston Churchill’s. But because of hopeless planning, hostile conditions and heroic defending, eight bloody months later the operation was halted, having cost 58,000 Allie lives.

– Metro UK [Evening Edition: 24 April 2015]

The marking of this anniversary of this disaster is always observed by the Australians and New Zealanders, who call it Anzac Day, because they were called the Anzac forces. While trying to be heroic, so many of them lost their lives. It seemed to have been the biggest disaster in their histories as independent countries.

My Australian great-grandfather was in that war, and he survived.

I have no idea how he managed that, but he did.

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