David W. Cameron's 25 April 1915: The Day the Anzac Legend was Born PDF

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By David W. Cameron

ISBN-10: 1741149800

ISBN-13: 9781741149807

An in depth account of what occurred to the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish troops at the shores and hills of the Gallipoli peninsula on that fateful day - the day the ANZAC legend was once born. at the twenty fifth of April 1915 Australian troops landed at the Gallipoli Peninsula in what's now known as Anzac Cove. They rushed from the seashore as much as Plugge's Plateau into Australian army background affliction many casualties at the method. simply after noon troops from New Zealand landed at Gallipoli and jointly the Australians and New Zealanders created the Anzac legend. It used to be the occasions of this primary day that set the process the full conflict resulting in the evacuation of the Anzac troops in December 1915. this is often the tale of that day telling the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish facet of what was once to develop into a tragedy for all 3 nations and an final triumph for Turkey. It concludes with the stopover at of Charles Bean, the authentic Australian battle correspondent, to the peninsula in 1919 as a part of the Australian ancient project to organise the burial of the lifeless that had lain uncovered to the weather for the final 4 years, and to the formation of the cemeteries which are at the present time visited through hundreds of thousands.

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If successful it was believed that this would knock Turkey out of the war, exposing the southern flank of Germany and Austria-Hungary. In turn, this would enable much-needed supplies and munitions to be shipped directly to Russia through the ice-free supply route of the Black Sea. The Imperial Russian Army would then be in a position to steamroll westward towards Germany. A purely naval assault also meant that infantry, who were urgently needed on the Western Front, would not be required for the operation.

With the decision largely made for them, the British and French now turned their full attention to the forcing of the Dardanelles as the primary campaign to knock Turkey out of the war. The main opponents of the plan to break through the Dardanelles using the navy alone were the British admirals who would have the task of planning and executing the operation. The narrow straits of the Dardanelles were thought to be heavily defended with around 200 guns, any number of shore-based fixed torpedo tubes, submarine nets and hundreds of mines.

It was thought that the Australians and New Zealanders would adjust better to the desert climate as opposed to the wet conditions in the Salisbury Downs. In addition the training camps in England were full with the arrival of the Canadians and the AIF could not easily be accommodated. It was also strongly suspected that the Turks were planning to capture the strategically important Suez Canal. Keeping the Anzacs in Egypt meant that they could be called upon to help defend this vital waterway. 3 Anzac objectives, 25 April 1915 Source: Bean (1937) 13 4000 5000 Anzac 1915 PAGES 22/2/07 11:10 AM Page 14 25 APRIL 1915 Zeitoun, the Anzacs were incorporated into the invasion plans for the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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