The gains and losses of Gallipoli

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Assess the gains and losses of Gallipoli

Gallipoli gave Australia its' identity as nation and built what our nation is today. Gallipoli was one major fundamental factor in our culture. When you look back into the history of Australia at war you’ll hear Anzacs and diggers a lot. These names all came from one war and in fact one battle. Anzac stands for the Australian New Zealand army corps. The term diggers comes from soldiers continually digging trenches, holes and bunkers to sleep in and take cover during an artillery duel. The term has remained with us for over 90 years. Our soldiers are still living in holes.

The landing at Anzac cove, Gallipoli, is a significant part in the history of our identity in the war and the world. I
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There were eight Victoria crosses handed out to Australian soldiers during the Gallipoli campaign. One of the most famous VC award winners was Lance Corporal Albert Jacka.On the 19 May, the Turkish launched an a attack to push the Australians into the sea. They seized ten metres of trench at a place called Courtney’s Post, but Australians at either end stopped them from continuing to advance. At the northern end Jacka, with several of his mates, tried to get rid the Turkish at the post, but were beaten back. It was then decided that while a feint attack was made from the one end, Jacka would attack from behind. Jacka's mates waited long enough for Jacka to circle in behind and then threw two bombs and gave covering fire. Jacka leapt over the parapet, shot five Turkish soldiers with his rifle, bayonetted two others and forced the rest to flee the captured trench. Members of Jacka's battalion, 14th Battalion, believed he should of won more VC's in France to. Another example of Australian courage was the charge of the 8th and 10th Light Horse regiments at The Nek. The point of this attack was to support an attack that was been made by New Zealand soldiers at Baby 700. The attack was to be at 0430 hours, or 4:30 am. The attack would start with an artillery bombardment at 4:20 am, but the bombardment stopped 5 minutes to early. The officers following their orders kept the men back until 4:30. When the time came the first wave was mown
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