Anzacs of Gallipoli: A Forced Conflict


During the Great War, thousands of Australians and New-Zealanders volunteered into the newly-formed Anzac corps to take part in the ever-growing global conflict of World War 1. These young, ambitious soldiers became the spear-head for the Gallipoli Campaign, and were responsible for the pivotal act of securing a foothold for Allied reinforcements to advance into the heart of the Ottoman Empire. The campaign could have potentially turned the tide of the war, resulting in a swift, decisive Allied victory, but inadvertently became the biggest failure of the Great War for Allied powers. If the Gallipoli Campaign was more carefully planned and prepped by Allied authorities, the Anzac corps could have succesfully captured the peninsula and threaten the Ottoman capital of Constantinople.

"Just as the Navy had been forced into a purely naval attack, the Army had now been drawn into a new theatre of war it neither wanted nor had the resources to commit. Rather than arriving at the need for the campaign through measured analysis and pragmatic consideration, the campaign had evolved through wishful and, at times, impulsive thinking in search of highly questionable strategic outcomes, based on a poor opinion of Ottoman capabilities in an attempt to salvage poltical reputations."-Chris Roberts, 2013, The Landing at Anzac: 1915