ANZAC Day

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps experienced a baptism of fire when they came to shore from their ships in the Dardanelles on 25th April, 1915. Australia had only been an independent nation for a little over 14 years and the soldiers were often young men who'd lied about their age in order to join their older brothers, friends and schoolmates. Their bravery under fire earned the respect of their enemy, and they will never be forgotten.
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World War I

Unknown Aussie soldier, WWI, from the Australian War Memorial collection. ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps)

Vietnam war

PHOTOS: Rare Vietnam War Pics Rediscovered

Rare Vietnam War Pics Rediscovered Staff Segeant Edgar D. Bledsoe, of Olive Branch, Ill., carries a critically ill Vietnamese infant who was brought to Fire Support Base Pershing. Photo first published B/W Photo Colourise by Pearse

WWI Recruitment Poster. This poster depicts New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, and South Africa supporting Britain in arms. These British Dominions would eventually contribute more than 1.4 million service personnel to the British war effort from 1914 to 1918.

“ World War I Recruitment Poster ” This poster depicts New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, and South Africa supporting Britain in arms. These British Dominions would eventually contribute more than million service personnel to the.

Australian soldier leaving for the Vietnam War. 1968.

A farewell kiss for a soldier embarking for duty in the war in Vietnam, Sydney, Australia, photographer unknown.

In the 1930s, after the Battle of Gallipoli, President Ataturk received a letter from the mothers of the fallen ANZAC soldiers requesting permission to visit the graves of their sons. In response he sat down and wrote this poignant letter to the women. Ataturk later used these same words in a speech to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the Gallipoli battlefields.

President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in response to a letter from the mothers of the fallen ANZAC soldiers requesting permission to visit the graves of their sons.

ANZAC soldiers in Egypt en route to Gallipoli #auspol

ANZAC soldiers in Egypt en route to Gallipoli -middle, back with the moustache is my great great uncle Jack!

2nd Lieutenant Elwin Bruce Olifent 27 Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Enlisted on 25 February 1915 and sailed for the Middle East on 31 May. After a period in Egypt in July -August 1915, he was posted to the Western Front. Lt Olifent was commissioned in the field during the Battle of the Somme on 10 August 1916, but was killed in action, aged 29 at Flers on 5 November 1916. He is commemorated on the Villers-Bretoneux Memorial.

2 Lieutenant Elwin Bruce Olifent of Henley Beach South Australia. A clerk prior to enlisting in Feb Olifent embarked from Adelaide with the Reinforcements on board HMAT Geelong on 31 May

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