Saturday, April 25, 2015

100 years ago ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey

This invasion did not just consist of ANZAC troops, but British and French and was at the time the largest amphibian landing in history. However, as the first action that the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps or ANZACs experienced in the war, it has a special significance for both countries and 25 April became the official veterans day in A/NZ and has been commemorated ever since 1916.

Like the Western Front, it was trench warfare and a constant scene of slaughter with minimal territory gain, and by August it was apparent to British High Command that Winston Churchill's poorly considered plan was futile, yet the withdrawal did not occur until December.

More posts will follow on this dreadful military campaign of 100 years ago.

display of WW1 vehicles in Wellington

This one is 4-wheel-drive
This field gun is still functional - as was demonstrated without warning following an opening speech!

Obviously not used by ANZAC forces, this Ford based American Field Ambulance is believed to be only one of two left operational in the world.

This line-up of original and replica WW1 vehicles owned by Peter Jackson was involved in a pre-ANZAC Day parade held yesterday in Wellington from Parliament to the newly opened ANZAC Square of Pukeahu Park in front of the Carillon.  For more details, see our books.

Friday, April 24, 2015