Friday, April 24, 2009

Anzac Day

When Great Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914, the British Empire also entered World War I on the side of the Allies. Australia and New Zealand, which were dominions within the empire, each sent soldiers. Their troops were combined to form one corps—the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or Anzacs. Although their best-known engagement—the Dardanelles campaign of 1915—proved disastrous, the Anzacs were recognized for their heroism and achieved legendary status among Australians and New Zealanders.
On 25 April every year, Aussies and Kiwis celebrate Anzac Day. It commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

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