Anzac Day 2015 - the Gallipoli disaster 100 years on
25 April 2015 marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of the British-led military invasion of Gallipoli on Turkey’s Dardanelle Peninsula, which resulted in over 200,000 dead and wounded in an eight-month period.
Many of these were the First World War's first major casualties for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac).
Gallipoli was a military disaster. Yet, a century on, politicians seeking to glorify the First World War, are calling the huge loss of life at Gallipoli "a price worth paying."
As the Australian government is spending $300 million commemorating the WWI centenary to promote militarism and nationalist myths, veterans groups have condemned the "nationalist circus" that Anzac Day has become.
A key part of the UK government's WWI programme will include Anzac Day commemorations in London, Turkey and Portsmouth.While Prime Minister David Cameron spends over £60 million to mark the WW1 centenary, mental health problems among UK soldiers back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, escalate, six veterans per day seek treatment for post-traumatic stress, as alcoholism, suicide and homelessness are on the rise.
Rather than celebrating the rewriting of history in order to promote new wars, on this 100th anniversary, it is important to remember what really happened at Gallipoli.
Gallipoli 1915: Lest we forget … the factsFilm by Peter Ewer and John Rainford
The Gallipoli campaign: a brief history
» No says Richard Phillips
» Yes says Demetrios Matheou