Gallipoli legend lives on in Australia and New Zealand

Bronze sculpture of a WWI Australian soldier, part of the Cenotaph, a monument erected in 1927 in Martin Place in Sydney to commemorate the fallen in WWIThe chaos and carnage of the bloody Gallipoli defeat helped to forge the identity of Australia and New Zealand as independent nations, with the exploits of those who fought and died still finding relevance 100 years on. When more than 60,000 Australian and New Zealand troops joined an allied expeditionary landing on the peninsula in what is now Turkey a century ago this week, the objective was for a quick strike. The 1915 battle had a profound impact on those back home, culminating in Australia and New Zealand’s most important national occasion on the anniversary of the landings on April 25 — the Anzac Day public holiday. Many view the bloodshed at Gallipoli as the foundation moment for both of the former British colonies, who were eager to establish their individual reputations.

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