Free Men Celebrating Free Men

I got tied up and forgot to post this yesterday, that by no means suggests I forgot the day or the men who made it a remembrance. Just as on 4 July, many will think a bit of America, or on 1 July, we think of Canada, and how we all honor Remembrance day, For yesterday was Anzac Day, and it’s important to us all.

See on 24 April, at 0415, a green Australian Corp jumped out of longboats to wade ashore at Gallipoli. Braver men never walked the earth or died on the beach. So today is one of those holidays where we take the time to salute very brave men.

This is a man who uses the screen name Tony from Oz, and I like it so very much.

Why is ANZAC Day so important in Australia?

At 4.15AM on Sunday the 25th April 1915 an untried Corps of Australian soldiers waded ashore from the longboats that had brought them there from the large troopships further out to sea. As they came ashore in the dawn’s half light they were mowed down in droves by the Turkish soldiers who had the high ground.

An original image of one of the landings at ANZAC Cove, this one at 8AM on April 25 1915. (Image Credit – Australian War Memorial Archives)

The place was an insignificant little Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, part of Turkey, near a small place known as Ari Burnu, now forever known as ANZAC Cove, a small piece of Australian Sacred Ground on a foreign shore.

The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Forces from New Zealand were also part of this campaign, hence the acronym includes New Zealand, who, while part of this campaign, were under the command of their own fellow New Zealanders. This was a combined effort, and this day is also recognised just as reverently in New Zealand.

So, why is this one day so revered by Australians, when the 8 Month campaign that followed was considered in the main overall scheme of the War as a failure, considering that Australia has been part of so many famous victories on fields of battle in War since that time.

The original Badge of the Australian Army, worn on the hats of every Australian soldier. This is known as The Rising Sun Badge.

This was when Australian troops, commanded by Australians fought for the first time for each other as fellow Australians.

Those coming ashore who survived this original murderous onslaught regrouped and started to fight back. This campaign lasted for eight and a half months. In that time, Australian soldiers announced to the World that they were now no longer an untried group of colonials, but a magnificent fighting force in their own right, and one to be reckoned with.

During those 8 Months, nine Australians were awarded The Victoria Cross for valour, the highest award for bravery that there is. (This is the equivalent of the Medal of Honor in the U.S.) In fact, seven of those medals were awarded in just one  three day period. This was at Lone Pine, in August, where the Australians engaged in what was a diversionary feint to disguise the massed landing by the British further up the Coast at Suvla Bay. This Lone Pine engagement was some of the most savage hand to hand combat in close quarters of the whole 8 Month period at Gallipoli.

During that 8 Month period of this Gallipoli Campaign, 8,709 Australian soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

Each year from then forward, Australia has recognised that day of the first landing as the most solemn of days on our Calendar, when we, as a nation, pay reverent homage, not only to those brave men who fought and died at Gallipoli, but to all our Australian Military forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in times of all Wars, and for all our current serving men and women in Australia’s military forces.

Dawn Services are held across the Country timed for 4.15AM local time at memorials in the large Capital cities, and across cities and towns all over Australia, literally at thousands of such places. While still early morning at that time, these services are always attended by masses of people all across Australia.

Later that same morning, marches are held in many of these places as well. Those marches in the Capital cities have literally thousands of men and women marching, with only veterans and current serving members from the three armed forces, and some marches may only have a handful of men marching, as numbers now thin out with the passing of years.

While those people march, many thousands line the length of the march and pay solemn tribute to those old men who fought so that we actually could line those streets to salute them, and to also pay silent tribute to those who did not come home.

Keep reading ANZAC Day – 25th April 2017 | PA Pundits – International

I note in passing that Tony is one of the best in writing on energy matters, which is why I read him. But, here’s a belated

 

Well done, mate.

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11 Responses to Free Men Celebrating Free Men

  1. the unit says:

    And so the German/Muslim affiliation continues to this day.

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    • NEO says:

      Uh, yeah, it does. Did in WW II as well.

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  2. TonyfromOz says:

    NEO,

    thanks for taking my Post, and thanks for your kind words as well

    Of interest to Americans especially is one of the links at the bottom of that Post, the one about General Sir John Monash. Pershing took the Americans to that conflict in France, and at one time our Australian, General Monash had literally thousands of U.S. soldiers under his command, one of only very few (if any other occasions at all) when Americans fought under the command of anyone other than a U.S. Commander. In fact the very first time this happened was at The Battle Of Hamel, when Monash asked for 2000 American soldiers (only two Battalions) to be part of the Battle. Pershing grumbled that Americans only fought under U.S. command and so, 1000 of those were withdrawn.The Battle went forward, and in a time when Battles took sometimes weeks, and even months, this one was over in barely 93 Minutes, with a smashing victory, so well planned was it by Monash. From that point forward, Monash was given virtually whatever he wanted, when it came to troops, because, after that decisive victory, even Pershing wanted some of the glow to rub off on him. The date of that Battle itself was specifically why Monash asked for the Americans, one of the first Battles U.S. soldiers took part in.That Battle of Hamel was held early in the morning of the 4th July 1918.

    See this link for more: https://papundits.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/remembrance-day-and-the-importance-of-australias-general-sir-john-monash/

    And again NEO, thanks for taking my Post.

    Tony.

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Tony. I will follow that link, running a bit behind, as usual. I didn’t know that, somehow we’ve kind of forgotten Pershing, ourselves, a mistake, he was an interesting guy, himself. I tend to think that of all of us, you guys are the moist like us, or maybe we are the most like you! 🙂

      Glad you wrote it, and I’ll admit to always liking yours, and I should write more on energy, myself, but it tends to be overly frustrating.

      Hope you had a good Anzac day!

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      • TonyfromOz says:

        Monash was an interesting military senior officer, really. He was a Civil Engineer before the War, and he knew the value of intricate planning. He was sick of the way that the English senior officers just kept throwing men at the line in the hope they would get somewhere, and killed everyone for the sake of virtually nothing at all, and just kept doing it.

        They gave him Monash one Battle, Hamel, 4th July 1918, and when he sent word back to high command after 93 minutes that it was all over, they were astounded. Monash was a little displeased really, because he planned to have it done in 90 Minutes, and how they all laughed at him when he said that. Now they had to take notice, and they gave him a bigger operation, The Battle of Amiens, which he again intricately planned. He had 170,000 men under his sole command. It started at 4.10AM, and finished just after Lunch on that same day. They took back more than 5 miles of land, captured literally thousands of men, military pieces etc. Ludendorff, the German General said that this was the single worst day of the War for Germany, and right then, he knew the War was lost. Monash’s losses of men, killed and wounded amounted to less than 1%, the lowest of the War, and this was considered the most decisive victory of the War till that time. Right there Monash was given even more control, and each battle was planned to nth degree, and each battle was a decisive victory. In the end Monash had nearly half a million men under his Command,almost 300,000 of them Australians, and included 50,000 Americans also. He took his battles all the way to the Hindenburg Line, covering more than half of France. The Germans gave up on the 2nd of October, so keep in mind, Monash did all this, from Hamel to the border in 12 weeks. He went from Colonel to LtGen (Three Star) in two years. And all the men, well, they just loved him, reckoned they had a better chance with Monash than with anyone else.

        Tony.

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        • NEO says:

          No kidding, I’ll bet they did. A near as I can tell, that was Pershing’s problem with letting anybody else command Americans, just throwing away people to know purpose. of course he never got away from plugging their holes, so his leadership didn’t show as much. But in Mexico and Cuba, he was pretty good, himself. Good enough that Patton visited him on the way to Torch. British and French generals were a rum lot in that war, and could have been better (other than Slim) in the second, but they were short of people, thanks to their fathers. Got to dig up more on him, which shouldn’t be all that hard! Thanks for starting me off, I’d heard of him, but that’s about all.

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        • TonyfromOz says:

          If you can find, it, I got all my information from a wonderful book. I always knew he was huge, but it’s a wonder that he rates not much mention elsewhere. He died in 1931, and was given a State Funeral. 250,000 people turned up and lined the streets, the biggest funeral ever seen in Australia, and most of them were his men, and they came from all over Australia.

          The title of that book is: Monash The Outsider Who Won A War and it was written by Roland Perry. Australian book, but I’m sure you could chase it down.

          Fascinating read.

          Tony.

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        • NEO says:

          I’ll see if I can find it. Thanks so much for coming by, Tony!

          Neo.

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  3. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Amen, this should be restated often, even on Anzac Day!

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    • NEO says:

      Indeed it should!

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