In the spring of 1915, 20,000 Australians, as part of the 70,000 strong Mediterranean Expeditionary Force of British, French, Indian, Australian and New Zealand troops made an amphibious assault on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, a place most had never heard of, landing at several locations on the 25th of April 1915.
Within 24 hours the invasion had become a siege which would last eight and a half months and ultimately fail. 747 Australians died on the first day.
Of the one million men involved in the Gallipoli campaign between one third and one half became casualties. Of the 44,070 Allied soldiers killed 8,709 were Australians. About 86,000 Turks were killed.
For the first time a limited edition commemorative print is available for individuals, schools or businesses to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Australian troops at Gallipoli in 1915.
This beautifully framed print includes the names of all those killed in the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, the Battles of Lone Pine and The Nek which are imposed onto the photographs of each location, also metal uniform badges and battalion colour patches, replica medals as well as maps of the battlefield, information about battles and sand from ANZAC Cove.
The framed print measures 720mm x 1570mm and is priced at $1200 AUD + $45 postage and handling.
An Australian soldier who was there said "it was the absurd sacrifice of young men by old men sitting in stuffed chairs in London".
He spoke of the courage and valour of the young Australian soldiers and how it forged their reputation as brave soldiers who cared for their mates and established a degree of democracy in our army.