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Anzac Day

ANZAC Day – 25 April – marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months.

At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships.

April 25th soon became the day on which Australians and New Zealanders remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.