Anzac Day

That the Gallipoli “landing” was an invasion of a sovereign country which was no threat to the population of Australia simply does not register in any of the media coverage. That ten times as many Turks were killed defending their country as Australians invading it is also completely absent. And now we are assured that the Gallipoli peninsula will be “safe” for Australian dignatories and backpackers on Saturday. It’s only a shame that it wasn’t safe for the people of Turkey in 1915.
Everything about the official commemoration of Anzac Day in 2015 reeks of the colonial superiority which dominated the thinking of Australian and British military authorities a century ago. Imagine if Japan had actually invaded Australia in 1942 (it never planned to, but bear with me) but was beaten back after a bloody 10 month campaign on the shores of North Queensland resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of Australians. Now imagine 75 years later, thousands of Japanese turning up in Cairns, preceded by dozens of Japanese security personnel who have spent months combing the area and questioning locals. Now the old rising sun flag is hoisted and Japanese politicians and generals make speeches commemorating the loss of their soldiers. The Japanese PM assures the country’s youth that the military’s endeavour had been a noble one aimed at securing Japan’s freedoms and way of life. The official entourage is accompanied by thousands of Japanese backpackers who proudly fly the rising sun flag, get drunk and sing nationalist songs, leaving behind them a rubbish-strewn cesspit for locals to clean up on their departure. Now imagine the reaction of the Australian high and mighty who shed crocodile tears about the fallen at Gallipoli.
—  Tom Bramble

Today is Anzac Day, however please don’t forget the aboriginal soldiers/black diggers who served us. Despite being second class citizens, they served Australia. When they came back they expected there courage to be respected. However this wasn’t the case in fact they were not even allowed to march in the Anzac parades.

Lest We Forget, Every Single Solider.

Pictured is South Australian WW1 Veteran: Miller Mack.

Anzac Day and Australia.

Today marks 100 years since the landings that marked the beginning of the Gallipoli campaign.

Here in Australia it’s Anzac Day and it’s big. I’m not sure how much of the rest of the world knows about the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, but to Australians and New Zealanders its Important. Like 4th of July Important. It’s tied intimately into the Australian identity and is celebrated with a patriotism that rivals, and for some eclipses the actual national day, Australia day.

Any Australians who follow me will understand how big a deal Anzac Day is here. It’s a mandated part of our primary and secondary school curriculum, is a national public holiday, has dozens of traditional sporting events and contains a spiritual element that borders on the religious. At dawn on the 25th of April every year hundreds of services are held at public war memorials around Australia. These Dawn Services began as private gatherings of returned servicemen from the War who would perform a short ‘stand-to’ with 2 minutes of silence and a lone bugler playing the last post and reveille. From these small gatherings of ex-soldiers the Dawn Service has grown into an elaborate ceremony that regularly pulls crowds in the tens of thousands. The Melbourne Dawn Service in 2014 had an attendance of 60,000 people and this year it’s expected to hit 100,000. The modern dawn services follows a pattern that’s familiar to generations of Australians, and runs generally like so: introduction, hymn, prayer, an address about Anzac history and spirit, laying of wreaths, recitation, the playing of the Last Post, a minute of silence, Reveille, and the playing of the national anthem. After the Dawn Service there’s a ceremonial parade through each of the capitol cities and many towns throughout the country with servicemen and women, veterans and their families marching.

It’s a big event, and it’s popular, but it’s also solemn and reverent and still manages to touch an emotional nerve. It began about Gallipoli but became about all Australian service people. The Dawn Service is one of those cultural events that acts as a right of passage for young Australians, and to attend at least one is a cultural touchstone.With this year marking the Centenary the usual media exploitation of events such as this has hit critical mass and it’s seemed to have misjudge the mood. There have been several big budget TV dramas about Gallipoli come out this year as well as new documentaries with posters and advertisements splashed across every medium and the constant stream of media coverage and exploitation is galling. It’s become trite and seems cynical, even for modern media. It’s so obvious that even major news outlets are reporting the public discontent. That’s not to mention how mytholigised Gallipoli has become and all the anti-British bias (both things worthy of their own wall of text).

I’ve probably gone off on a little tangent here and I’m sure this is probably a bit long for tumblr, but there will probably be a lot of posts about the Gallipoli landings and maybe a few about Anzac Day and I wanted to get something a little more in. Anzac and its relevance to Australian identity is also a contested issue in Australia with a lot of political and ideological criticism that goes along with any debate about national identity and war, but that’s not really what I’m writing this about. This is more about letting non-Australians in on something that is important to Australia and Australians, and despite the seeming Gallipoli fatigue, we still commemorate and respect.

Lest We Forget.


Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and today serves as a national day of remembrance for our soldiers. You can read more about it here.

Thank you to all the Anzacs; the brave men and woman who have sacrificed so much for our countries, and still continue to do so. 

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.

Lest We Forget.


Gallipoli in Art

100 years ago today British, Anzac and French forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula opening a new front against the Ottoman Empire.  The campaign quickly became bogged down and eight long months were spent capturing just ~5 miles of ground failing in the operation’s objectives utterly.  Despite this the gallantry of the men who fought there cannot be denied and some of the war art above captures the scale, determination and desperateness of the fighting. 

The Landing at Anzac, April 25, 1915, by Charles Dixon (source)

Anzac, the landing 1915, by George Lambert (source)

The Gallipoli Landing, by Charles Dixon (source)

Battle of Sari Bair, by Terence Cuneo (source)

The Taking of Lone Pine, by Fred Leist (source)

The Charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7 August 1915, George Lambert (source)

The Battle of Chunuk Bair, 8 August 1915, by Ion Brown (source)


lest we forget 

[References ahoy]

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing at the shores of Gallipoli. A centenary is a special occasion and should be remembered. 

Key details : 

Australia : wears a khaki felt slouch hat, and a service greatcoat . If you look closely there is a sprig of rosemary on his lapel ( commonly worn as a symbol of remembrance).

New Zealand : wears their iconic lemon squeezer hat and a generic service greatcoat ( as far as I could tell, they adopted British stye uniforms). 

The background is inspired by this pamphlet design created by Kiwi soldiers on the frontline.  Flag references. ( Australia’s is called the Red Ensign :0 ) 

I know they don’t look like them much >-<  , but that’s the best I could do. 

Media : copic multiliners, faber castell markers & GIMP. //25.04.15 . 



100 years of the Gallipoli Campaign 25.04.15

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
       Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
       They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
       They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

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. 

Lest we forget!

(The artwork is called ‘The Catch Up’ by Warrick Eady. It covers 100 years of Australian army soldier uniforms, and is a tear-jerker for many folks from my side of the world. ANZAC day is about Australia and New Zealand and the tragedy the brave men and women bravely endured, but this really is a great image to show respect to all our fallen brothers in arms.)


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn them. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them. Lest we forget. “Laurence Binyon 1914”

Remember our fallen, appreciate what they gave; for us, be thankful each day - without their sacrifices, we wouldn’t have what we have today.