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Australians / New Zealanders / ANZACS in the First World War. Anzac Day - Anzac Day. Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders. Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians.

It may have led to a military defeat, but for many New Zealanders then and since, the Gallipoli landings meant the beginning of something else – a feeling that New Zealand had a role as a distinct nation, even as it fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire. Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. The Gallipoli campaign. Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915.

On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey. For eight long months, New Zealand troops, alongside those from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, France, India, and Newfoundland battled harsh conditions and Ottoman forces desperately fighting to protect their homeland. By the time the campaign ended, more than 130,000 men had died: at least 87,000 Ottoman soldiers and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including more than 8700 Australians. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a fifth of all those who had landed on the peninsula. In the wider story of the First World War, the Gallipoli campaign made no large mark.

History - World Wars: Battle for Gallipoli: February 1915 - January 1916. World War I - Battles, Facts, Videos & Pictures - Battle of Gallipoli - World War I. With World War I stalled on the Western Front by 1915, the Allied Powers were debating going on the offensive in another region of the conflict, rather than continuing with attacks in Belgium and France. Early that year, Russia’s Grand Duke Nicholas appealed to Britain for aid in confronting a Turkish invasion in the Caucasus. (The Ottoman Empire had entered World War I on the side of the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary, by November 1914.) In response, the Allies decided to launch a naval expedition to seize the Dardanelles Straits, a narrow passage connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara in northwestern Turkey.

If successful, capture of the straits would allow the Allies to link up with the Russians in the Black Sea, where they could work together to knock Turkey out of the war. Anzac Day Collection - Collection. This documentary gave NZ viewers, for the first time, a Turkish view of the Gallipoli story. Produced for TVNZ and Turkish TV, it focuses on four young people, two Turks and two New Zealanders, descended from Gallipoli veterans, as they explore the grim reality of their ancestors’ experience. Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes before a tohu (sign) brings them back to reality. Directed by Oscar-nominated Taika Waititi it won international acclaim: honourable mention at Sundance and a special jury prize at Berlin. The story of the New Zealand Army's (28th) Māori Battalion, this Tainui Stephens documentary tells the stories of five men who served with the unit.

This seminal 1984 documentary tells the stories of the New Zealand soldiers who were part of the identity-defining Gallipoli campaign in World War I. Between 1964 - 1972, 4,000 young Kiwis volunteered for service in Vietnam. New Zealand at War Timeline | WW100 New Zealand. Anzac. Build your First World War school programme - Education - Auckland War Memorial Museum. One Hundred years on from the First World War: 2014 – 2018 We provide a wide range of educational opportunities to help engage students with the events of the First World War. These include onsite educator led programmes, onsite independent programmes and gallery links, competitions and more. Education programmes (educator led) Years 1 - 8 Examine the events and experiences of the First World War with our educator-led programmes for primary and intermediate students. Years 9 - 13 Select from our secondary school programmes to explore the roles New Zealander’s played in the First World War, and the affect the conflict had on the lives and identity of individuals, communities and our nation.

Teacher professional development The Auckland War Memorial Museum offers a range of learning opportunities for primary and secondary teachers, support staff, and principals. Teacher professional development: The First World War Self-guided experiences You might like to lead your own Museum visit. Fast Facts. Cemeteries - Anzac Day Guide. This page lists all the cemeteries on Gallipoli where New Zealanders are interred, including those who served with other forces.* Follow the links to see an image of the cemetery. From the image page you can find a list of all New Zealanders believed to be interred in that cemetery including their personal record from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

You can also use the search box to find all New Zealanders who are known to have died at Gallipoli. Click on maps on right to see location of each cemetery. Northern Anzac Sector Cemeteries Southern Anzac Sector Cemeteries Cape Helles Sector Cemeteries There are also 11 New Zealanders interred in the Chanak Consular Cemetery in Çannakale. *A note about New Zealanders who served in other forces Numerous New Zealanders served at Gallipoli in other forces, most notably the Australian Imperial Force (it has been estimated that 800 New Zealanders in all served with the AIF at Gallipoli). The New Zealanders at Gallipoli. Victoria University of Wellington Library [advanced search] Title: The New Zealanders at Gallipoli Author: Fred Waite Publication details: Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, 1919, Christchurch Part of: Key subjects of this text: Gallipoli Keywords: New Zealand World War I History License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand Licence Share: Full details… Other formats Connect The New Zealanders at Gallipoli Contents Home | Advanced Search | About | Help © 2014 Victoria University of Wellington | Contact us | Conditions of use AddToAny.

How many New Zealanders served on Gallipoli? | WW100 New Zealand. As the centenary of the First World War approaches, people are interested in how many Kiwis served in the various campaigns. For Gallipoli, the answer is not straightforward – and the waters have been muddied by a mistake by a senior British general that went unnoticed for nearly a century. Sir Ian Hamilton was a respected military thinker but not a great success as head of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF), the cobbled-together Allied army which began landing on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915. I’ve recently realised that Hamilton was also responsible for a significant underestimate of the number of men who served on Gallipoli in New Zealand units of the MEF.

Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton. In his preface to Major Fred Waite’s 1919 official history, The New Zealanders at Gallipoli, Hamilton wrote that a total of 8556 New Zealanders landed on the peninsula – of whom 7447 were killed or wounded, a staggering casualty rate of 87%. Māori soldiers at Gallipoli. Significance of Anzac Day - Anzac Day Guide. On 25 April 1915, eight months into the First World War, Allied soldiers landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula.

This was Turkish territory that formed part of Germany's ally, the Ottoman Empire. The troops were there as part of a plan to open the Dardanelles Strait to the Allied fleets, allowing them to threaten the Ottoman capital Constantinople (now Istanbul) and, it was hoped, force a Turkish surrender. The Allied forces encountered unexpectedly strong resistance from the Turks, and both sides suffered enormous loss of life.

The forces from New Zealand and Australia, fighting as part of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), played an important part in the Gallipoli campaign. At its beginning, people at home greeted with excitement the news that our soldiers were at last fully engaged in the war. New Zealand soldiers distinguished themselves with their courage and skill, establishing an enduring bond with the Australians they fought alongside. The making of Anzac Day - Anzac Day. Anzac Day, as we know it, began to take shape almost as soon as news reached New Zealand of the landing of soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April.

Within a few years core elements of the day were set and the Anzac story and sacredness of the commemoration enshrined. 1915: Gallipoli remembered The first public recognition of the landings at Gallipoli occurred on 30 April 1915, after news of the dramatic event had reached New Zealand. A half-day holiday was declared for government offices, flags were flown, and patriotic meetings were held. People eagerly read descriptions of the landings and casualty lists – even if the latter made for grim news. Newspapers gushed about the heroism of the New Zealand soldiers. From the outset, public perceptions of the landings evoked national pride. 1916: a half-day holiday New Zealanders soon demanded some form of remembrance on the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Returned servicemen soon claimed ownership of the day's ceremonies.

History of Anzac Day | RSA. Anzac Day 1916-22: The making of a holy day 25 April 1922 was a day of mourning throughout New Zealand. In cities and towns a sombre and almost surreal stillness reigned unlike any other day of the year. Government offices and banks, shops and factories, theatres and hotels were closed. Sportsgrounds remained deserted. A day dedicated to remembering the dead. 25 April 1916: The first Anzac Day For the very first Anzac Day in 1916 the NZRSA had not yet been formed and only a few local returned soldiers’ organisations existed.

Anzac Day, 1916 The government suggested church services together with recruiting meetings as an appropriate means of commemoration. 1916-20: The RSA’s emergence as guardian Three days after the first Anzac Day observance, the New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association was founded in Wellington. In 1917, however, 25 April had already been set aside for municipal elections in many parts of the country. The “Boxer Service” 1921: A “muddled holiday” 1922: A holy day. BBC iWonder - How did so many soldiers survive the trenches? Activities and Projects | WW100 New Zealand. Gallipoli and the Anzacs | The Anzac landing at Gallipoli. The Anzac landing: overview Why did theAnzacs land? 25 April 1915: Anzac Cove, Gallipoli Historians still debate whether the Anzac troops were landed at the correct place. Why did the Allied commanders send Australian troops to land on a beach before rugged hills, ridges and steep gullies?

What was the objective? What happened? ‘The attack on Gallipoli was one of the more imaginative strategies of the First World War ... A brief description of the Anzac Landing... It was only shortly after the landing that high command let it be known that an error had been made – the landing should have been made on Brighton Beach, south of Anzac Cove and in a locality of relatively friendly topography. The boat I was in landed on the point. Read a brief description of the landing – an excerpt from Denis Winter's book, 25 April 1915 – The Inevitable Tragedy. more ... Special feature: war correspondents at the landing Reports by war correspondents Landing section highlights ‘First to Fall’

In the trenches of 1914-1918. What were the trenches? Although most of us think primarily of the Great War in terms of life and death in the trenches, only a relatively small proportion of the army actually served there. The trenches were the front lines, the most dangerous places. But behind them was a mass of supply lines, training establishments, stores, workshops, headquarters and all the other elements of the 1914-1918 system of war, in which the majority of troops were employed. The trenches were the domain of the infantry, with the supporting arms of the mortars and machine-guns, the engineers and the forward positions of the artillery observers.

Why were the trenches there? The idea of digging into the ground to give some protection from powerful enemy artillery and small arms fire was not a new idea or unique to the Great War. It had been widely practiced in the US Civil War, the Russian-Japanese war and other fairly recent wars. What were the trenches like? The enemy had a very similar system of trenches. Soldier & letter from home. First World War. Origins The First World War was caused by the destabilisation of the balance of power in Europe due to the rise of Germany. The war began in 1914 when Austria-Hungary invaded Serbia because of the assassination of an archduke. Countries had made alliances with each other, and soon most of Europe was at war. New Zealand was part of the British Empire, and when Britain declared war on Germany, in August 1914, that meant New Zealand was at war too.

The two sides were called the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary) and the Allies, which included the British Empire, Russia and France. New Zealand enters the war New Zealand decided to send soldiers to fight in the war for a number of reasons, including New Zealand’s strong ties to Britain and its concern with keeping trade routes open so it could continue to export to Britain. Within a month New Zealand troops had occupied Western Samoa, which was a German territory. Gallipoli Turkey had entered the war on the Central Powers side. WORLD WAR ONE TRENCH WARFARE. Marlborough Express — 28 December 1915 — Page 3.