Today in History - On This Day - April 25th - Anzac Day

On April 25th. Anzac Day takes place in Australia and New Zealand.





Why Anzac Day takes place? 

This day commemorates all soldiers of Australia and New Zealand who
served and died in all wars, conflicts and Peacekeeping operations.


What does Anzac mean?

Anzac stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.


What is the history behind Anzac?

During World War I Australia and New Zealand were placed on the side
of the Commonwealth.

In 1915 the soldiers formed a part of an expedition with as main objective
the capture of Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire (now is it
the city of Istanbul, located in Turkey).

The soldiers arrived in Gallipoli on April 25th.  and they had to deal with a
huge resistance of the Ottoman defenders. The campaign got stocked for
eight months. At the end of 1915 all the allied forces were evacuated from the
peninsula of Gallipoli. So sadly Gallipoli had a lot of impact in Australia and
New Zealand. That's why there are today commemorations for the fallen
soldiers.

Although the campaign in Gallipoli failed the forces of Australia and
New Zealand were best known for their powerful actions.


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