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ANZAC Day

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Tomorrow (25th April), is a pretty special day in Australia and New Zealand, not only for our combined military history, but, some might argue, for our national identity as well.

To commemorate the landing at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915, our national broadcaster (ABC) has put together a rather nice mini-site called "Gallipoli the first day".

It is very well done, and for anyone with an interest in the ANZAC legend or even just passing interest in WWI, I suggest you check it out.

http://www.abc.net.au/innovation/gallipoli/Gallipoli.html

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S.

Edits - thanks JD
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Stridor, I'm not trying to be funny, but isn't it ANZAC? And the reason I'm not trying to be funny is I'm wondering if what you are speaking of is something specific that happens in Australia about ANZAC?
 
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Oh my GOD!

So embarrassed!

As some of you may know I am a recently qualified anaesthetist and am a fellow of ANZCA (The Australian, New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) and as I write and listen to that bloody acronym so many times a day, I guess it got stuck in my brain.

Apologies for my brain fart.

And thanks Judge for the correct [;)]
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lol...glad it was a "real" typo....
 
Back on topic...Galipolli...very, very infamous and I presume very well known for all the wrong reasons. Made "famous" in a film starring Mel Gibson (good movie).
 
I'm at work at the mo, but I'll look this evening.
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I post at the CSO every year on this day, its my respect for those mates under arms of mine who have paid the ultimate sacrifce over the last near century:

[center]A Tribute to ANZAC Day

With their hair a little whiter, their step not quite so sure
Still they march on proudly as they did the year before.
Theirs were the hands that saved us, their courage showed the way
Their lives they laid down for us, that we may live today.

From Gallipoli's rugged hillsides, to the sands of Alamein
On rolling seas and in the skies, those memories will remain.
Of airmen and the sailors, of Lone Pine and Suvla Bay
The boys of the Dardenelles are remembered on this day.

They fought their way through jungles, their blood soaked desert sands
They still remember comrades who rest in foreign lands.
They remember the siege of old Tobruk, the mud of the Kokoda Trail
Some paying the supreme sacrifice with courage that did not fail.
To the icy land of Korea, the steamy jungles of Vietnam
And the heroic battle of Kapyong and that epic victory at Long Tan.

Fathers, sons and brothers, together they fought and died
That we may live in peace together, while at home their mothers cried.
When that final bugle calls them to cross that great divide
Those comrades will be waiting when they reach the other side.


Ken Bunker

And the band played Waltzing Matilda

Now when I was a young man I carried me pack
And I lived the free life of the rover.
From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback,
Well, I waltzed my Matilda all over.
Then in 1915, my country said, "Son,
It's time you stop ramblin', there's work to be done."
So they gave me a tin hat, and they gave me a gun,
And they marched me away to the war.

And the band played "Waltzing Matilda,"
As the ship pulled away from the quay,
And amidst all the cheers, the flag waving, and tears,
We sailed off for Gallipoli.

And how well I remember that terrible day,
How our blood stained the sand and the water;
And of how in that hell that they call Suvla Bay
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter.
Johnny Turk, he was waitin', he primed himself well;
He showered us with bullets, and he rained us with shell --
And in five minutes flat, he'd blown us all to hell,
Nearly blew us right back to Australia.

But the band played "Waltzing Matilda,"
When we stopped to bury our slain,
Well, we buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs,
Then we started all over again.
And those that were left, well, we tried to survive
In that mad world of blood, death and fire.
And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive
Though around me the corpses piled higher.
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,
And when I woke up in me hospital bed
And saw what it had done, well, I wished I was dead --
Never knew there was worse things than dying.

For I'll go no more "Waltzing Matilda,"
All around the green bush far and free --
To hump tents and pegs, a man needs both legs,
No more "Waltzing Matilda" for me.

So they gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed,
And they shipped us back home to Australia.
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane,
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla.
And as our ship sailed into Circular Quay,
I looked at the place where me legs used to be,
And thanked Christ there was nobody waiting for me,
To grieve, to mourn and to pity.

But the band played "Waltzing Matilda,"
As they carried us down the gangway,
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared,
Then they turned all their faces away.

And so now every April, I sit on my porch
And I watch the parade pass before me.
And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march,
Reviving old dreams of past glory,
And the old men march slowly, all bones stiff and sore,
They're tired old heroes from a forgotten war
And the young people ask "What are they marching for?"
And I ask meself the same question.

But the band plays "Waltzing Matilda,"
And the old men still answer the call,
But as year follows year, more old men disappear
Someday, no one will march there at all.
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the billabong,
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?


The ANZAC landing

Australians and New Zealanders commemorate 25 April 1915 as 'Anzac Day'. It was the day of the 'Landing at Gallipoli' when more than 20,000 Australians and New Zealanders and some servicemen from other countries went ashore at the Gallipoli Peninsula. They fought the soldiers of the Ottoman Army, mainly up on the ridges well beyond the beaches. The first group ashore landed at dawn; they were the so-called 'covering force' whose task was to drive the Turkish defenders into the hills. After that the main force would come ashore.

Read on..

http://www.anzacsite.gov.au/1landing...all/index.html

http://www.anzacsite.gov.au/


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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we forget[/center]

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ORIGINAL: Stridor

As some of you may know I am a recently qualified anaesthetist and am a fellow of ANZCA (The Australian, New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) and as I write and listen to that bloody acronym so many times a day, I guess it got stuck in my brain.

I think we can forgive you that one, in the circumstances! [:D] [:D]

I belated "well done" on qualifying, anyway.
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ORIGINAL: Stridor

Oh my GOD!

So embarrassed!

As some of you may know I am a recently qualified anaesthetist and am a fellow of ANZCA (The Australian, New Zealand College of Anaesthetists).

Didn't they teach you know that the patient is supposed to get the drugs, not you? How, ahem... "qualified" are you? *grin*
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ANZAC are amazing soldiers.  I know an SAS guy and his phenomenal hand to hand combat skills are on a level I've almost never seen from anyone else.  I read about them too in WW2 some stories and they are quite clever and good at adapting.  Like in Tobruk, they didn't want the Germans to bomb their water tower which was their only source of water so they partially destroyed the building themselves, dug some craters and spread some black oil around to make it look destroyed already so the Germans never bombed it.  And the ANZAC soldiers in Japanese POW camps were very tough and smart like they wrecked all the firing pins in the guards' rifles when they left them unattended even though the evil guards used to beat-up and starve the prisoners everyday.
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