World War I,
Our guide told us that the German Army
held the high ground…
…and that British Army held the lower ground.
At a British General’s command soldiers
were expected/ordered to walk up these slope
without any regard for their own life.
Allegedly after three or four attempts
to advance to higher ground, and
losing thousands of soldiers for nothing…
…the British hierarchy decided that
it would be okay for the men
to try and protect themselves…
…from being slaughtered by
the German Army’s enfilade fire.
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Tuesday April 25 is ANZAC Day in
ANZAC Day commemorates the
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
efforts at Gallipoli in World War I.
countries where ANZACs served during two World Wars
Dawn Services are conducted
those who served, lost their lives
and were injured during these conflicts.
This service had several hundred residents
braving wet weather to attend the 0600 service.
My home town had about 80 residents attend its service.
The area has a population of around 400.
Our eldest son, at the behest of his
New Zealand girlfriend drove across to
Melbourne’s Dawn Service.
Marvelous what love will do!!
Hope you enjoyed.
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My contribution for this week’s challenge…
The Spirit of ANZAC
exhibition was in Melbourne.
a Gunner on The Western Front after being deployed to Europe.
Was this the type of gun he was using?
Whichever side of the ‘fence’ soldiers were on…
they are people I admire.
For their courage….
in such appalling conditions.
For their ability to help a mate…
and for their ability to continue marching on.
because these number only represent
about half the casualties of World War 1.
LEST WE FORGET
I was granted permission to photograph the exhibition
by a representative of the organiser.
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ANZAC DAY, 2016
Lest We Forget
A few weeks ago I happened to pass through
The Avenue of Honour caught my eye
and I have included it as my
2016 ANZAC Day tribute.
Opened in 1917, the young cypress trees planted to
mark, line and commemorate World War 1,
have now been removed.
However, not they are not totally gone.
Several have been turned into sculptures,
recognising various aspects of war.
And those left behind…
to tend home and family and receive the bad news.
Corindhap now has a population of
around 100 people (Wikipedia)
a far cry from its peak of 5,000 in the
mid 1800s when gold was discovered nearby.
LEST WE FORGET
ANZAC DAY 2016
Week 7, 2016
Last week I visited the
at Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre.
Locally known as Jeff’s Shed after the Premier who
organised its construction in the early 1990s.
This was a great exhibition focusing on World War 1,
and to a lessor degree subsequent wars Australia,
or the ANZACs have been involved in.
After receiving an iPod and headphones each time
a new section was entered appropriate commentary
The exhibition is travelling around Australia
culminating in Sydney in June next 2017.
Allow a couple of hours to view it (slowly).
The Victorian Government and Telstra (our major Telco)
this exhibition is free,
although you are asked to book tickets.
Visitors are allowed to take cameras into the exhibit,
although flash photography is banned.
I was also given permission to by Telstra
use my photos in Social Media.
On this day in many countries, all Australians remember those who fought and fell to preserve the freedom of our country in all wars, but particularly World Wars I and 2. We often hear of many heroic stories of valour, of lives saved and lost, but we seldom hear of regular soldiers who have served and returned home to their ‘normal’ lives.