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The Battle of Gallipoli was the first campaign Australia and New Zealand fought as independent nations.

They joined the Allies in an attempt to knock Germany’s Turkish allies out of World War One.ANZACS Gallipoli

But the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) forces barely advanced a mile inland.

10,000 ANZACS died while 23,000 were injured, which had a devastating impact on the male population of the fledgling nations.


The Battle of Gallipoli, also known as Gallipoli Campaign, or the Dardanelles Campaign or the Battle of Çanakkale was a campaign of World War I that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula (Gelibolu in modern Turkey) in the Ottoman Empire between April 25, 1915 and January 9, 1916.

After a failed naval attack, the Allies tried to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul) via the Gallipoli Peninsula by land assault.Gallipoli Campaign

British, French and their dominions’ troops – including soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, India and Newfoundland – took part in the battle.

They faced months of shelling, sniper fire and dysentery, before abandoning the campaign.

45,000 Allied troops died for no material gain, although the Turkish Army was tied down for eight months.

86,000 Turkish troops died in the Battle of Gallipoli. Commander Mustafa Kemal survived and went on to found modern Turkey.