Collecting War Memorabilia and Medals

ANZAC

Elite Militaria - Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Anzac as a word is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in these both forces became known as Anzacs in a short time so it is possible to say the name of Anzac was used to describe the combination of both army corps during World War I.

Anzacs supported Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Russian Empire against Ottoman Empire, Germany and Austria-Hungary. They were brought in from training in Egypt to participate in Gallipoli landings. Mostly volunteers formed the Australian Imperial Force. Anzacs were formed in Egypt in 1915 and Anzac was a World War 1 army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. They operated during the Battle of Gallipoli.

Australian, Turkish and New Zealand authorities are planning a big ceremony for the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day. It will be celebrating in Gallipoli-Turkey during the day of 25th of April, 2015. It is very important because there will not be another 100th anniversary.

The commemoration of Anzac Day is now a major event on Turkey's tourism calendar. Anzac Day services on the Gallipoli Peninsula are conducted by Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, France and Britain.

Australia’s most important national occasion is Anzac day which is 25th of April. It is recognized as a ritual occasion by New Zealanders and Australians. During the First World War Australian and New Zealand forces fought for the first military action. 25th of April marks the anniversary of the landing Australian and New Zealand soldiers (Anzacs) on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.Australians went in to battle for the first time as an independent nation. It was their baptism of fire on the shores of Gallipoli. The aim of war was to capture the Dardanelles because it was the gateway to the Bosporus and the Black Sea and to capture the capital of Ottoman Empire, Constantinople (now Istanbul).

25th of April was officially named as Anzac Day by George Pearce, Prime Minister. Anzac day is a public holiday in New Zealand and Australia. Ceremonies are arranged and speeches, hymns and the national anthem make an appearance at these ceremonies. At 25th of April in Australia the Australian flag is flown in half-mast. This is the way of remembrance for Anzacs who lost their lives at Gallipoli, Turkey and in all other wars. They celebrate the brave young people that fought in the war for their country. Australians and New Zealanders believe that Anzacs are very brave and should be remembered and talked about for years to come.

When Anzacs arrived Gallipoli beach on 25th of April, 1915 they faced steep cliffs, constant barrages of enemy fire and shelling. But they had been told it was a nice flat beach so they surprised a lot. Turkish force led by Mustafa Kemal defended their country and it was a disaster for Anzacs because it was resulted in 25000 Australian casualties and also it was a disaster for Turks.

 

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