Thursday, April 24, 2008

Today April 25th, is ANZAC Day, commemorating the ill-fated landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Ari Burnu on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915.

8,709 Australians and 2,701 New Zealanders lost their lives there.

Somewhat overlooked are the other nations' dead. Over 21,000 British and Irish troops died; nearly 10,000 French troops and over 1,300 from India - not to mention the 86,000 Turkish dead.

By the end of the campaign, over 130,000 troops from all sides were dead, and Gallipoli remained in Turkish hands.