Today (25th April) is ANZAC Day. It commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served In 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of an Allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula, according to a plan by Winston Churchill to open the way to the Black Sea for the Allied navies. The objective was to capture Constantinople. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Army.
What had been planned as a bold strike to knock the Ottomans out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915, the Allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. The Allied casualties included 21,255 from the United Kingdom, an estimated 10,000 dead soldiers from France, 8,709 from Australia, 2,721 from New Zealand, and 1,358 from India.
For more info on Gallipoli and the sacrifice of the ANZAC’s you can download Scott Addington’s The First World War- A Layman’s Guide to your Kindle here . You can win a “proper” copy by clicking here
The Help for Heroes Hero Ride is just a few weeks away now and thanks to Andy & Sue, the staff & customers of The Hidden Cellar restaurant I’ve collected another ¬£64.20 towards my fundraising. You can read about Jeremy Clarkson’s visit to Tedworth House and watch his video urging the public to support the Hero Ride too. And don’t forget once you have donate that you can click here to do what The Hidden Cellar have done & sponsor me.
Thanks for reading.


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