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Most of the men in the Australian Imperial Force at the start of the 1st WW in August 1914 were sent to Egypt against the Ottoman threat on the British interests in the Middle East and to the Suez Canal...After four and a half months of training near Cairo, the Australians departed by ship for Gallipoli , together with troops from New Zealand, Britain and France...The aim of this was to assist the British naval operation which aimed to pass the Dardanelles Strait and capture Istanbul…

The Australians landed at what became known as ANZAC Cove on 25 April 1915... During the early days of the campaign, the allies tried to break through the Turkish lines and the Turks tried to drive the allied troops off the peninsula… All attempts ended in failure for both sides, and the war continued for the rest of 1915...Allies withdrew from the area on Jan.9, 1916…

The whole Gallipoli operation, cost 26,111 Australian casualties, including 8,141 deaths. Despite this, it has been said that Gallipoli had no influence on the course of the war…

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