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How Did The Gallipoli Campaign Affect Australia's National Identity

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The Gallipoli Campaign

Why did I choose this question for my essay? I chose this topic for my essay as the Gallipoli Campaign was a significant event in Australia’s history which extensively affects the national identity of our country. I wanted to research more in depth of the outcome and the events which lead to the process of forming the campaign itself. I also wanted to focus on the failed series of attempts and how it affected Australia’s national identity. By choosing this as my topic question, I will expand my personal knowledge and understanding of the Gallipoli Campaign.

How did the series of failed attempts by the Gallipoli Campaign affect Australia’s national identity?
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Churchill initially recruited 21,000 Australian troops from the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and 10,000 New Zealand troops. Aside from the ANZAC’s, the British 29th Division and the French Army Corps were the only two other main landing forces on Gallipoli. The informal landing was disastrous and the campaign did not go as Churchill had planned. The failure had prompted the decision to formally launch a landing attack. The initial problem was that the Turks had received confidential information on the attack. This interrupted the entire plan as the Turks were now informed about the attack and were prepared for …show more content…

The Battle of the Nek was on the 7th August 1915. As a result of lack of communication, poor navigation and error of judgment, the loss of lives of many men were sacrificed. Only 7 minutes before the ANZAC’s charged at the Turks, for some unknown reason, the Allied artillery assault failed. This then gave the Turk’s enough time to regroup in their trenches and form a new attack on the ANZAC’s. 700 men were killed in only half an hour, by the courage of the ANZAC’s, this withheld the reputation and created the ‘ANZAC legend.’ The Battle of Lone Pine was also a backslide for the plan of the Gallipoli Campaign. On the 6th August 1915, the ANZAC’s launched the Battle of Lone Pine. The troops had to abandon their rifles and resort to hand-to-hand combat, due to the narrow and dark trenches in which they

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