The BBC History Magazine published a succinct challenge to some of the major myths of Gallipoli.  Gary Sheffield is right to label the Anzacs as “untried” prior to the landings on the peninsula and that inexperience surely cost.  His account of the myths is correct but incomplete.  The strategic objective to remove the Ottoman Empire from the war was sound, it’s implementation a disaster.  The campaign was truly multinational and multi-faith, on both sides of the trenches, and has since grown to a special resonance for Australian, New Zealand and, most importantly, modern Turkey.  The Gallipoli campaign was important in the development of Australian identity and though many considered themselves British, Australia was born and thriving well before the soldiers set sail from Australia. 

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