Friday, 25 April 2008

Australian Light Horse...Anzac day

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day
When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 14 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula to open the way to the Black Sea for the allied navies. The plan was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany. They landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing at Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in war.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives of capturing Constantinople and knocking Turkey out of the war, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign bequeathed an intangible but powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the "ANZAC legend" became an important part of the national identity of both nations. This shaped the ways they viewed both their past and future

14 comments:

Antonella said...

Hi Sebastian, even in Italy on April 25 is an important day, is a national holiday in commemoration of liberation from fascist regime.
Needless to say that the photos are wonderful!

Ciao
Antonella

Hiraeth said...

Hi Seba...I didn't know even in Australia it's national holiday. Today we celebrate the liberation from the fascist slavery, it's very important for our history, our grandfathers still remember that day and cries...
I love your shots, you have the right eye to catch "the moment", YOU are a photograph, not me, not really...and I realli like you ones with your omnipresents hat and sunglasses...
Buenas Todo Amigo!
Abrazo! :)

Juliane said...

Hey Seba,
were the marshes in Sydney??? Where in Sydney exactly? The Photos are beautiful! What a pity that I missed this important day in Sydney!
Un beso, Juliane

ricardo said...

Que maravilla ver con la seriedad y patriotismo que se presentan los veteranos en la ceremonia. Realmente estas viviendo una película difícil de olvidar.
Congratulations!!! que linda la foto final del sombrero y el bolso.
Papá
Sisisissisis perros marchando cheepdog! y San Bernardo sisissisis
Wenas vestiduras Seba! una pregunta.. Dónde está Mirjam?
Te mando las fotos de San Andrés a tu correo.
Besos, Chik

P.D: Se me repite la gorda del almuerzo ( salchicha grande con arroz, comida tipica Alemana) Brps!

Gabriela said...

Que precioso Seba!!! Es REALMENTE impresionante lo que lograste con tu cámara, transportarnos a esa época con esos trajes maravillosos, esas caras de la gente mayor y de esos tiempos.
Y para que decir de la foto tuya en el jeep. Sin palabras. Además de la última foto del morral y el sombrero como broche de oro.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

De nostros depende hacer que lo que vivamos cada día lo almacenemos en nuestra bodega como experiencia y sabiduría.

GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

Crazy Drile said...

Thanks Antonella!
Yeah, I know something about the History to Italy, really is very interesting and really too you have a lot.
So, happy holiday too!

Sebastian


PS: Send me some pics about this day

Crazy Drile said...

Ciao hiraeth...thanx 4 your words...yeh I don't know why but in this chapter I froze a lot of "moments" in my shots...real love, proud, hope, peace, fighting souls and a lot of feelings.
Was amazing look this faces in Anzac...all people was really united 4 hope and patriotism.

Otro abrazo y un grosso bacio per ti (it's o.k?)

Crazy Drile said...

hey Jilaroo! yeah was awesome...was exactly in Hyde Park (Museum Rail Station) in the Monument to Australia...in front to the pool.
The parade started in Martin Place, after one ceremony (3 am) and all finished 5 or 6 o'clock

I was cheking your page...just WOW

Right oh!

Crazy Drile said...

Hey Don Ricar y Pionka! que bueno saber de ustedes....manda las fotos Chika!
Mirjam esta trabajando en un restaurant Aleman Löwenbräu...el dia de Anzac tuvo turno pero anoche estuvimos weiando hasta las tres de la manana en el Opera Bar frente al Opera House con Pablo Arriegada y 3 colegas mas de Chile!
Estuvo increible lo pasamos el descueve y fue insolito estar tomando unas cervezas con un companero de Kinder aca y hablando en Ingles ya que Mirjam no habla Espanol...fue cuatiko pero wenisimo.
Pablo anda aca con un grupo de Ingenieros en Minas Chilenos dando Charlas en Sydney, Perth and Orange sobre el Cobre Chileno...un orgullo Nacional.

Volviendo al capitulo, si, fue increible el patriotismo de esta gente, desde los Ninos de 4 years portando retratos y medallas de sus tatara abuelos de la primera guerra mundial y hasta los veteranos todo el mundo vivio este dia en un clima de union nacional...verdadera union y camaraderia y solemnes horas para Australia y New Zealand.
Soy afortunado de haber podido ir y de estar aca, de hecho tenia que trabajar en el Bar pero me tome ese dia Libre por que realmente valia la pena.

Un gran abrazo
y mucha suerte en todo

Seba

PS: Manda las fotos de Colombia.
Me acorde harto de ti Chika por que las familias Austtralianas aman a los perros y todos andaban con el familion completo, que incluia Labadores y distintas razas de perros de diferentes tamanos y colores SI...SISISISIIS perro perro perro...con lentes de sol y chaquetas tambien

Crazy Drile said...

Gracias Mama!
Yeah, es increible todo lo que se puede sacar en limpio aca cada dia este pueblo es realmente adelantado no tansolo en tecnologia sino en su amor por la patria y sobretodo por su respeto a su historia y su gente.
No me canso de repetir que ver a ninos de 4 y 5 years con las fotos de sus antepasados y portando con orgullo y mirada de esperanza las medallas de sus ancestros es increible.
Las miles y miles de personas guardamos un minuto de silencio por los caidos en donde se sintio como todas las almas se fusionaron en una sola gran energia y para rematar se canto el Himno Nacional de Australia con Trajes de Escocia gaitas y Una Soprano a Capella en plena lluvia con las banderas flameando y con los guardias rindiendo honores con sus espadas fromando arcos sobre el agua que estra frente al monumento mientras continua la flama de la libertad recordando su historia y sus bravos jinetes ligeros...se recoge el alma

Un Gran abrazo

Seba

Gabriela said...

Sin duda doy gracias a Dios porque tú entendiste cada segundo que viviste. Solo los que tiene sus valores bien asentados pueden percibir lo que significa más allá de una maravillosa ceremonia.-
Con sonidos de gaita debe haber sido celestial.-

cheers

Crazy Drile said...

Thanks everyone for yours comments words and e-mails.
It's very gratifying when I see that my work is appreciated and sharing this adventure with people from different countries of the world.
But the most important thing is that compassofthenorth is now a meeting point for people around the world gathered by the same tastes and values like traveling, adventure, photography, art and culture ...thanks 4 that

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Järnvarg said...

Great pics, really, i found your blog today when i was reading my old posts, thanks for the comments, i apreciate a lot and keep going trough the world

Crazy Drile said...

Thanx Mate!

Welcome to compass of the north Jarnvarg