Holy smokes, I Live in New Zealand.

Anzac Day.
April 24, 2008, 9:35 pm
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NZ Friday is Anzac Day.  It’s exactly like Remembrance Day, only with fewer poppies on lapels (they have those here, but they are not nearly as ubiquitous as they are back home).  It commemorates the (for British Empire forces) disastrous attempt to secure a supply route through the Mediterranean to Russia.  The initial Allied invasion was April 25, 1915.

It was the first major military engagement for the new Australia and New Zealand Army Corps – or Anzacs.  Of interest, Newfoundland regiments were also involved.  For the Anzacs, it was a disaster.  Over 10,000 Anzac troops died, with another 25,000 wounded.  The defeats rocked the confidence of a young Australia and a proud New Zealand.  Sort of how like Dieppe might sound to people who care about history in Canada.

April 25th is a national holiday in both Australia and New Zealand, and are national holidays.

To remember, I am going on another vacation for three days to the Great Barrier Island.  I will be back in three days and will try and post accordingly.  But I also have an 18k run planned and Canadian work to do, plus I’m behind on my New Zealand work hours as well.  Plus, I need to take another stab at the 20 minute 5k on Tuesday and Henry Rollins is in town on Wednesday.  Should make for an interesting week ahead in my life.


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Oh dear… I should’ve remembered that history lesson back in high school. If memory serves me right, is that the infamous Gallipoli you’re referring to?

Comment by PianoMan

Can you come home & teach Grade 8 History for me next year???
(that was a very interesting posting, Joe)

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