Anzac Day 25 April by Susan Grimsdell

The airwaves here in New Zealand are full of war.  Remembrance of war, that is. 25 April marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. When I listen, I always get an uneasy feeling.  I hear that it’s all about “honouring” those who were killed, but when I think of all those sad, sad white crosses in the European war cemeteries, I have to wonder if the young men and women there would find any comfort from knowing that people… Read More

Anzac Day by Angela Caldin

25 April is Anzac Day here in New Zealand and a public holiday. The date was chosen because at dawn on 25 April 1915, eight months into the First World War, Allied soldiers landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula. This was Turkish territory allied with Germany and the plan was to open the Dardanelles Strait to the Allied fleets, enabling them to threaten Constantinople (now Istanbul) and achieve a Turkish surrender. But the Allied forces encountered unexpectedly tough resistance from the Turks, and both sides suffered enormous loss of life. … Read More