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By David W. Cameron

A close 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 referred to as Anzac Cove. They rushed from the seashore as much as Plugge's Plateau into Australian army background affliction many casualties at the approach. 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 entire 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 aspect 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 respectable Australian conflict correspondent, to the peninsula in 1919 as a part of the Australian ancient venture to organise the burial of the useless 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 by way of hundreds of thousands.

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I got up and looked through the binoculars. I saw, straight in front of us, but rather a long way off, a large number of ships the size of which could not be distinguished. It was not clear whether or not they were moving. I reported immediately to the battalion commander, Major Ismet, first by telephone, then by written report. He said to me ‘There is no cause for alarm. At most, the landing will be at Kabatepe’—and told me to continue watching these ships. I went to a new observation point and kept watch.

The extra rations within these bags included a tin of bully beef, a small tin of tea and sugar, and a number of very hard coarse biscuits. It was widely circulated amongst the troops that these ‘rock chewers’ were originally issued during the Boer War fifteen years earlier and had been unbreakable even back then. 8 At about this time the destroyers and transports, which were ferrying men of the support brigades, were passing Imbros. Charles Bean recorded in his diary from his cabin aboard the 14 000-ton liner Minnewaska a conversation by two mates of the 1st Battalion who were quietly talking outside his cabin porthole: ‘What time is it?

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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