Photographer's Note

I apologise for the poor quality of this photo. It was taken many years ago on a disposable camera. But the photo itself means more to me than the quality does.

Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. It is the day we remember the men and women who gave their lives defending our countries. On this day we don't just remember World War I, but every war that Australia and New Zealand have been involved with dating from the Boer and Crimean Wars, to World Wars I and II, to the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and of course the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also emphasises to me how our countries became involved in conflicts that were thousands of miles away and which have had nothing to do with us.

This place is The Nek, situated on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the scene of one of the most senseless and badly-planned battles of World War I. And that truly is saying something. Of the 600 Australian troops who participated in the battle, there were 372 casualties, of which 234 were killed. This happened in less than an hour, amid mass confusion, refusal by superior officers to call off the assault and the Australian troops being forced to charge without any ammunition in their rifles, only bayonets fixed.

Despite the senseless carnage, and the failure of the Gallipoli Campaign in military terms, Gallipoli became a watershed in the national identities of Australia and New Zealand.

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