A most difficult operation


A brief view of the Gallipoli Campaign at Anzac through the eyes of those who were there

On 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the coast of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. It was the beginning of a long conflict, which, one hundred years on, is still remembered and commemorated. This article tells the story of the conflict which occurred in the Anzac area of the Gallipoli Peninsula from the landing at Anzac Cove and the months of battles to the final withdrawal of Australian troops in December 1915.

We have chosen to tell the story through the experiences of those who took part; from the young privates who had no experience of battles and little understanding of what they were about to encounter, the women who served in the hospitals and saw the horrors of injured young men but nevertheless just go on with what they had to do, to those in the higher commands who gave the orders. They wrote of their experiences in battle and often laid bare their thoughts and fears and their hopes in letters home and in their diaries. We have selected just a few from the many to recognize all those who served in this conflict

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