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.


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:

Also see here for more about commemoration events:


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

  1. 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.

  2. 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:

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