06
Aug
15

Anzacs and WWI: 100 years on (6th August)


Today is the centenary of the battle of Lone Pine.

An Australian attack was launched against Turkish trenches to distract attention from other operations on the Gallipoli Peninsula. When the trenches were reached it was found they had a “roof” of logs that needed to be removed to engage the Turkish defenders.

A brutal hand to hand battle started and lasted for four days, leading to 2000 Australian and up to 7,000 Turkish casualties.

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7 Victoria Crosses were awarded to participants.

The site of Lone Pine is now a significant memorial and burial site for the war dead. A commemoration service is to be held there today at 5pm local time.

 

 

For more information about the battle see here: http://www.gallipoli.gov.au/bravery-awards-at-gallipoli/lone-pine.php

Also see here for more about commemoration events:

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/08/05/gallipoli-symphony-performed-first-time-istanbul

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4 Responses to “Anzacs and WWI: 100 years on (6th August)”


  1. 1 Marleen
    August 7, 2015 at 5:10 am

    I enjoyed listening to the little bit of sampling of the symphony. Thank you.

  2. August 7, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I’ve also enjoyed the little bit I’ve heard. It was broadcast on TV late last night. I recorded it so I can hear it after work today.

  3. August 7, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I recorded the TV coverage of the Lone Pine Commemoration but haven’t had time to watch it yet, but this morning before starting work I had a sneak peak at the introduction and saw some historical Gallipoli film footage. However intermixed with that footage was film of soldiers wearing British “Brodie” tin helmets – a type of headwear NOT worn by Australians in the Gallipoli campaign.

    An interesting article illustrating the various types of head ware used by Australians throughout WWI can be found here: https://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2014/07/17/australian-imperial-force-aif-headwear-1914-1918/

  4. August 7, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I’m not sure whether this can be viewed worldwide – but it is a link to the ABC broadcast of the Gallipoli Symphony. It should be available to watch for a week or two.

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/gallipoli-symphony/FA1425H001S00


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