My grandfather, the “original ANZAC”

The ‘War to end all wars’ began in 1914 and raged for four bloody years, costing the lives of almost 10 million men, including sixty thousand Australian soldiers

My grandfather was in the eighth Light Horse.

Soldiers from the Australian Light Horse in Africa

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps first saw combat on the 25th of April 1915 when they stormed the beaches of what became known as Anzac Cove.

Anzac Cove 1915

Anzac Cove 1915 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anzac, the landing 1915 by George Lambert, 192...

Anzac, the landing 1915 by George Lambert, 1922 shows the landing at Anzac Cove, 25 April 1915 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After eight months of grueling fighting at Gallipoli the fruitless campaign was called off. Thousands of Australian, New Zealander, British and French troops were killed, along with thousands of Turks who were resisting the invasion. The withdrawal was carried off over three nights without the loss of a single man.

The surviving Anzacs were then shipped to the Western Front where they distinguished themselves as crack troops at Bullecourt, Villers-Bretonneux, and ‘the bloodiest battle of the bloodiest war’, Passchendaele. These battles each cost more Australian lives than the eight thousand killed during the entire Gallipoli campaign.

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  1. Thanks for that.

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