Originally Posted by TXnorton
Sobering poem there. The Gallipolli campaign was a disaster for the ANZAC forces. The real tragedy was the callous disregard that the British commanders had for the "colonial" troops. The Brits used the Aussies and Kiwis as cannon fodder.
Unfortunately all too true. The ANZACS were also landed in the wrong place to start with, at (what became known as) ANZAC Cove which was immensely steep & heavily fortified.
They really didn't stand a chance...it was this courageous battle against impossible odds which we hold in such awe today. It may have been a military disaster, but became the watershed event for our emergence as an independent nation - which is why ANZAC Day (April 26) is really commemorated in the public's hearts as our defacto National Day, rather than Australia Day (Jan 1) which marks European settlement in 1788.