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Re(4): Gallipoli Again
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I to was a little 'taken aback' by the BBC news coverage...until I then remembered a conversation with Joe a few years back. The reason we Brits (and the French) don't get much of a mention is that the events on the peninsular in 1915 are, rightly, seen as defining moments in the 'coming of age' of both the Australian and New Zealand nations and it is therefore their National Day that they are celebrating (as St. George's is supposed to be England's). Its not solely about the campaign on Gallipoli for them, its about celebrating their Nationhood.

DP

P.S. While Churchill proposed the overall concept of the operation, he didn't do the detailed planning! Equally had Sir Ian Hamilton and his staff realised they were "inches" away from being successful, things might have been different....as a part of the main landings in the south we are all familiar with, there was a smaller, 'diversionary', landing further up the peninsular, at its narrowest point. This was unopposed and succeeded but instead of following up and reinforcing the landing, the troops who'd nearly reached the northern coast were ordered to evacuate and return to the main body. Ohhh the 'fog of war' and what might have been!!!!

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