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Anzac Day 2012

02 May 2012

April 25th is Anzac Day, when Australians and New Zealanders mark the anniversary of the first landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915.

Two divisions of the new Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were joined by British, French and Indian troops in the first assault, but the hostile terrain and ferocious Turkish defence meant the invasion was doomed to fail.

By the time of the evacuation, at the end of the year, 36,000 Commonwealth, 10,000 French and 86,000 Turkish troops were dead.

97 years later ANZAC Day is marked at ceremonies all over the world, as Australians and New Zealanders remember their fallen from the two world wars and other conflicts.

Photographs of 2012 commemorations are available on our Facebook page. There is also an album of photographs from the Gallipoli commemorations.  

One of the biggest ceremonies is at Villers Bretonneux on the Somme in France, the site of the Australian National Memorial.

The commemoration includes a service at dawn, recitations, the sounding of the last post and a period of silence.

In Belgium the ceremonies include ones at Tyne Cot Cemetery and the Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial.

In the United Kingdom, there are ceremonies at the Cenotaph in London, and the Scottish War Memorial in Edinburgh, as well as a number of other sites including Harefield (St Mary) Churchyard in Buckinghamshire and Codford St Mary Churchyard in Wiltshire.