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Lest We Forget, Lest We Repeat

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Poppy artwork in honour of Anzac Day by Sillier than Sally Designs

103 years ago Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli. Their aim was to capture the capital of the Ottoman Empire, a staunch supporter of Germany, and to open up the Gallipoli Peninsula and thus the Black Sea to the Allied forces. Australian and New Zealand servicemen were dropped off at the wrong location and soon found themselves in a stalemate with no hope of progressing. After 8 months of futility and death the Anzac forces were evacuated. Over 11,000 Australian and New Zealanders died during these 8 months. Being countries with such low populations the effects were devastating.

In 1915 when news reached Australia and New Zealand that servicemen had landed in Gallipoli celebrations were held. New Zealand and had a half day celebration, Australia made speeches. People were proud that their servicemen were making a meaningful strike against the German Empire. But these soldiers that both nations were so proud of never stood a chance of meeting their mission. They were sent to the wrong landing site. It was decided to drop them off anyway despite the location being geographically impossible for the Allies to win from. On the morning of April 25th 1915 a dawn service was held for the soldiers before setting them off to be slaughtered.
This futile campaign came to help create both the New Zealand and Australian national idinties and has been credited for developing New Zealand’s fiercely independent nature. They would never again be commanded into slaughter. It also forged our two countries even closer with a bond made from shared grief, bravery and blood. Before we were neighbours, afterwards our two countries became like brothers. And we still have that same sibling rivalry but also deep love for one another to this day.
Anzac Day was first celebrated only one year later, in 1916. Only four months after troops had been evacuated. It was celebrated not only in Australia and New Zealand but also in England and Egypt. The dawn service that had been held as a last mass for many of the soldiers deployed became part of this celebration. To get up, in the cold dark, and to think about your maker and sacrifice. This tradition still holds.
Lest we forget. Lest repeat.

Book Review: The Soldier’s Wife by @pamelahartbooks #AWW2015

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24945463Full disclosure:¬†I was sucked in by the cover. I wanted to buy it because I loved the hair of the model on the cover and wanted to show it to my hair dresser. It was still a cracking good read! So I got my money’s worth two fold.

As everybody knows I don’t do spoiler reviews, kind of takes away from people reading the novels if I give them away already, but I do have to give away some information in order to comment on it. Nothing major, so don’t fear, but otherwise all I can say is, “It was a nice book with words in it… Dear God, I’ve said to much, wahhhh!”

The Soldier’s Wife is a historical fiction novel written by Pamela Hart set in 1915. What I loved about this book was that it did the whole, prissy city bitch moves to the country and has to adjust, in reverse. So we saw this poor woman, moving to the city, trying to adjust, her husband is away serving in the army and she has to really pull things together and do it tough. She like many women in this time has to find work, manage finances, arrange her living conditions, in a society that makes these simple rights that we see, very difficult. AS DOES THE HUSBAND. Don’t get me wrong, as does the husband. You think that’s sad? Oh no, you are going to cry so much more that that implies. Because the husband comes back. He comes back after being emotionally and physically destroyed by the ravages of war. This is where the real tragedy starts. So pack your Kleenex because this historical fiction is going to get you right in the feels.

I’d recommend this to anyone who loves¬†military history and or women’s history… or anyone who likes reading. aww-badge-2015