Today is ANZAC Day, marking the 107th anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand landing at Gallipoli.

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.

The Campaign – First World War

The Gallipoli campaign took place on the Gallipoli peninsula from 17 February 1915 to 9 January 1916.

The Entente powers, Britain, France and Russia, sought to weaken the Ottoman Empire, one of the Central Powers, by taking control of the Turkish straits. This would expose the Ottoman capital at Constantinople to bombardment by Allied battleships and cut it off from the Asian part of the empire. With Turkey defeated, the Suez canal would be safe, and a year-round Allied supply route could be opened through the Black Sea to warm water ports in Russia.

The attempt by the Allied fleet to force the Dardanelles in February 1915 failed and was followed by an amphibious landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in April 1915. In January 1916, after eight months of fighting, with approximately 250,000 casualties on each side, the land campaign was abandoned and the invasion force withdrew.

 

In Heaven – there is no beer

During WWII, a 12-ounce draft at the Camp Pendleton beer garden cost only 10 cents compared to 25 cents off base.

Marines drank so much discounted beer that Southern California ran out of paper cups. Pendleton had to resort to filling canteens for 15 cents.

 

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder how those soldiers that fought at Gallipoli would react to the police that were enforcing the covid lockdowns in Australia and New Zealand?

      • It’s been quite insulting hearing the politicians bloviating about rights and freedoms fought for after the last couple of years. Particularly when they slapped severe restrictions on the ANZAC day march last year, but the footy was near capacity.

        Having said that, Sir John Monash is an interesting bloke. Commanded the retreat from Gallipoli without loss, then became one of the most effective generals on the western front. He was one of the drivers of building the shrine of remembrance, and the commemoration at ANZAC day, but remained a humble man throughout life.

  2. Lest we forget their sacrifice and valor.

    Lest we also forget that the West too, can initiate clusterfucks huge in proportion.

    -Kle.

    • Look at our progressive withdrawal from Afghanistan. A trained chimp could have planned a flawless exit from Afghanistan and yet, the Biden morons screwed it up. Epic morons.

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