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    Default Anzac Day

    Thank you to our good friends down below.

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    I second that shout out and thank you.

    Everyone who goes to war and actually fights will tell you war is hell.

    Amongst the more hellish conflicts in history was WW1 where we learned to kill on an industrial scale with insanely heavy artillery barrages, machine guns and poison gas all compounded by the mud and rot of trench warfare.

    In that conflict was the Gallipoli campaign which if WW1 was hell on earth Gallipoli was the innermost circle of hell. The Anzac troops achieved a seaborne invasion akin to the d-day landings except against a relatively stronger force with no air support or overwhelming artillery to take out enemy strong points. The fighting was so intense that there was no opportunity to bury the dead, some times for months in the hot Turkish summer. The winter brought torrential rain that would flood the trenches and with it the unburied corpses.

    The Anzac troops, along with the Gurka's that fought beside them suffered a 59% casualty rate in that campaign.

    They were made of tough stuff indeed.

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    On April 25 1915, a multinational force attempted a sea-borne invasion to seize the area linking the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. It was a disaster: after incurring massive losses without securing the seaway, the force withdrew. The anniversary became known as Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) Day and in both countries is observed as a national holiday in memory of military people killed in war.

    Some years after the attempted invasion, Kemal Ataturk, who was the commander of the Turkish defense and who later became the founder of the modern Turkish nation paid his respects in a few extraordinary words.


    "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives...you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us, where they lie, side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries - wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well."
    “It is not an endlessly expanding list of rights —the “right” to an education; the “right” to health care; the “right” to food and housing. That is not freedom. That is dependency. Those are not rights. Those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.” - Alexis de Tocqueville

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    I am a few days behind, I too pay tribute

    The words of Kemal Aaturk, relayed to us by dick, shine a light on an age of chivalry. When the victors paid tribute to the valour of the vanquished. When one nation recognised the bravery of an adversary. When a victorious warroir recognised his foe for the man he was............ and probably thanked his God for his own survial
    Limey Carpenter

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