The Landing Of Gallipoli And The World War I

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World War one is strongly linked with the landing of Gallipoli, yet the Australian experience of WW1 is a lot more than the 8 months of the Gallipoli campaign. It can be argued that the experiences of Australian soldiers on the Western Front in 1916, including the Battles of Fromelles and Pozieres, have been largely overlooked in accounts of World War One. The landing of Gallipoli has become legendary and all it represents connects with most Australians. Consequently, the Battles of the Western Front have been overlooked. Thus, most ordinary Australians have only heard of the story behind the landing of Gallipoli. This event has taken precedence in the public’s mind and has been the focal point of war memories and remembrance. World War…show more content…
The Australian involvement in World War One is synonymous with the legend of the ANZACs. Consequently, the involvement of Australian soldiers on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918 has been greatly discounted in explanations of World War One. Ultimately the Gallipoli campaign was a military failure, however the sacrifice endured, lives lost and courage displayed cannot be disputed and should be remembered. According to Australian historian Hugh Dolan, the legendary story of the Gallipoli landing is filled with factual errors. According to Dolan a 1915 map kept at the Australian War Memorial highlights some of the errors of our understanding of the Gallipoli landing. Mr Dolan asserts that the landing at Gallipoli by the ANZACs was not a mistake and that through prior aerial surveillance the Australian officers were informed of the unforgiving Turkish landscape and the Turkish trenches. Mr Dolan argues that the Australian officers adjusted the original British orders and were not blindly following British orders as previously believed (Smith, B, 2012). The main stage of combat in World War one was the Western Front, a military zone of trenches that stretched from the Belgian coast to the Swiss border. On the 19th of July 1916 Australians engaged in their first major attack on the Western Front, the battle of Fromelles. This attack was formed as a ploy to prevent the Germans from reinforcing their troops on the
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