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For non-Australian / New Zealand readers, April 25 commemorates the 112th anniversary of the first major military action in which Australia took part since becoming an independent nation.
A couple of statistics :
- Over the course of World War I around 421,000 Australians served in the military, while Australia at the time had a total population of under 5,000,000.00.
- Yes, that’s right. ONE IN TWELVE OF THE ENTIRE AUSTRALIAN POPULATION SERVED IN THE MILITARY.
- Two out of three of the Australians who served in the military were killed or wounded at some time during the campaign.
- Of the 32,000 initial volunteers who enlisted immediately after the declaration of war, only 7,000 survived until the end of World War I.
- The Gallipoli campaign, which started on 25 April 1915, was a dismal failure of planning in almost every respect.
Here’s some artistic reflections.
The finest scene in Gone With the Wind, when wiser heads attempt to point out the realities of war :
“Most of the miseries of the world were caused by wars. And when the wars were over no one ever knew what they were about.”
Iron Maiden’s meditation on the agony of a soldier :
Weddings Parties Anything on those who didn’t travel to the war.
And this :
In Flanders Fields – John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”