| Turkey was on the same
side as Germany in the First World War, that made them the ANZAC's enemy.
It was decided that soldiers needed to land and fight in Turkey.
On April 25th 1915 the ANZACs arrived at
what is now know as ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula. This is part
Unfortunately their landing went wrong
and instead of landing on beaches, a strong current carried their boats to land by steep
cliffs. The Turks were ready for them. In that first day 2000 ANZACs were killed.
|Evacuation of the wounded
from Anzac Cove in Gallipoli by boat.
For the first three days and night the fighting didn't
stop. The noise was terrible, the cliffs echoed the sounds.
The ANZACs held their ground at
Gallipoli. They dug holes into hillsides for shelter and to treat the
injured. It was a dangerous area to be fighting in, with bullets coming from all
directions. The ANZACs were surrounded on three sides by the enemy, they couldn't move
forward, but the Turks couldn't either.
ANZAC Camp, Gallipoli
There are many brave stories
about the ANZACs at Gallipoli. Jack
Simpson was an Australian who helped to save many wounded soldiers
by carrying them to safety on the back of a donkey.
It was very hot during the summer months at Gallipoli.
Even though it was dangerous the soldiers would look forward to swimming
in the sea. It was their only chance to have a wash.
The fighting at Gallipoli went on for 8 months. In that
time 10 000 ANZACs were killed. The British generals decided it was time for the ANZACs to
leave. This was hard on the ANZACs as it felt like their mates had died for nothing,
because they didn't win at Gallipoli. They left gradually at night, tricking the Turks so
that they didn't know the ANZACs were escaping.
At Gallipoli the ANZACs proved themselves to be a strong
Zealand and Australian soldiers landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli,