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  • Friday 25/04/14

    Since 1916, both Australia and New Zealand have celebrated today as ANZAC Day, a chance toremember the men (and women) who lost their lives fighting for a cause that is, even in its centennial year, fairly hard to explain.

    Why? Because on 25 April, 1915, the first forces landed at Gallipoli, marking the start of the Gallipoli campaign. It was a misguided attempt by a 40-year-old Winston Churchill to conquer a strategic peninsula in Turkey using ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and other forces.

    A horrifically bloody campaign, Gallipoli would become part of the heritage of three nations. Mustafa Kemal, who defended the peninsula, would lead the new Turkey. And, as young men began to die, thousands of miles from home, in defence of a country most had never visited, this was one of the first times when ordinary Australians and New Zealanders began to see that they should be independent from Britain.

    We're toasting both Australia and New Zealand with a shot named for their national dessert - and, no, we're not getting into the question of who created it.

Pavlova Shot

Today is ANZAC Day

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