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The Anzac landing at Gallipoli

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? ‘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’ A 'duty clear before us' Signaller Silas at Anzac Related:  9 HISTORYkatelynkarson

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.

Among Our WWI Heroes: A Pigeon named Cher Ami | Cole's Wild Bird Feed It’s one of the most incredible and enduring stories of World War One. A homing pigeon called Cher Ami saved an entire battalion of 194 men. As you’ll see, Cher Ami is a true hero. It was during the battle of Argonne in France. By the second day, more than half the men were dead. Now, the trapped soldiers were left with one pigeon. As Cher Ami took flight for home, the Germans saw her and opened fire. Somehow, even though she was so badly wounded, she rose up and began flying again. The note saved the lives of all 194 men. As a side note, Cher Ami was first thought to be a male or cock pigeon, and that’s why her name is in the masculine French form. Cole’s Wild Bird Products seeks to give all birds, heroic or not, the highest quality bird seed on the market.

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. 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.

Remembering the horses of World War 1 This image of shire horse Hercules was released by Hurst Green Shires on the 100th anniversary of the declaration of World War 1. Premium stallion Hercules is directly descended from a pair of Shire brothers who were taken from the land in Tandridge in 1914 and sent to France. They never came back. The stallions from Hurst Green Shires – famous for their annual race day at Lingfield in July – have been participating in World War 1 commemorative events throughout Britain’s South East in recent days. Julie Reilly from Hurst Green Shires said more than a million horses were taken to the battlefields of WW1, and it is estimated that 65 to 75 percent did not return. “There were more horses lost at Passchendaele than men”. “We’re spreading the message about the policy of requisition of horses from the land, here in the UK and also in the USA, Canada and Australia. “Their manes, tails and coats were clipped to keep down disease and they were on food rations like the men. www.hurstgreenshires.com

Soldier & letter from home 21 Amazing Facts About Pigeons - PCRC Table of Contents 1. How old are pigeons? Pigeons have lived alongside man for thousands of years with the first images of pigeons being found by archaeologists in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and dating back to 3000BC. Urban flock of pigeons It was the Sumerians in Mesopotamia that first started to breed white doves from the wild pigeon that we see in our towns and cities today and this undoubtedly accounts, certainly in part, for the amazing variety of colours that are commonly found in the average flock of urban pigeons. To ancient peoples a white pigeon would have seemed miraculous and this explains why the bird was widely worshipped and considered to be sacred. Back to top 2. The first biblical reference to the pigeon (or dove) was in the Old Testament of the Bible in the first millennium AC and was the story of Noah and the dove of peace. 3. 4. In modern times the pigeon has been used to great effect during wartime. 5. 6. Guru Gobind Singh Monk Feeding Pigeons Sources: 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

UK sniper (?) in WWI trench Pigeon post Pigeons with messages attached. Pigeon post is the use of homing pigeons to carry messages. Pigeons were effective as messengers due to their natural homing abilities. The pigeons were transported to a destination in cages, where they would be attached with messages, then naturally the pigeon would fly back to its home where the owner could read his mail. They have been used in many places around the world. Pigeons have also been used to great effect in military situations, and are in this case referred as war pigeon. Early history[edit] As a method of communication, it is likely as old as the ancient Persians from whom the art of training the birds probably came. By the 12th century, messenger pigeons were used in Baghdad.[3] Naval chaplain Henry Teonge (c. 1620–1690) describes in his diary a regular pigeon postal service being used by merchants between İskenderun and Aleppo in the Levant.[4] Pigeon post of Paris[edit] The service was formally terminated on 1 February 1871. See also[edit]

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