Princes attend Gallipoli service

Published: Saturday 25th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry will join more than 10,000 people at a dawn service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the doomed Gallipoli Campaign.

Thousands of Australian and New Zealanders have made the pilgrimmage to the remote and beautiful Turkish peninsula where one of the worst battles of the First World War unfolded.

They stayed overnight at the site of the dawn service, to be close to where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) soldiers tried to come ashore exactly a century before.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia and the New Zealand premier John Key will be at the site near Anzac Cove.

At dawn on April 25 1915, waves of Allied troops made an amphibious assault on Gallipoli.

Winston Churchill’s plan was to open a new front against the Kaiser and to knock the Ottomans out of the war.

But terrible planning, obdurate defending and hostile conditions led to stalemate and ultimately failure, eight months later.

Australia and New Zealand were new countries and the horrors their soldiers faced came to shape the national self-image of tough, cheerful warriors with a healthy disrespect for authority.

Anzac Day has been celebrated in both countries as the national day of remembrance.

Yesterday, the princes met British and Irish relatives of Gallipoli descendants on board the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Bulwark, took part in international commemorations and the Prince of Wales laid flowers on British and Irish soldiers’ graves with the Irish president Michael Higgins.

Published: Saturday 25th April 2015 by The News Editor

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