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    ANZAC Day

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    Some Australian Statistics from WWI

    * 416,809 enlisted AIF (includes AFC) -- 13.43 percent of the white male population and probably about half the eligible men.
    * 331,000 enlisted and served overseas
    * 61,720 died (all causes)
    * 155,000 wounded (all services)
    * 4,044 taken POW, 397 died while captive

    WWII from Australia:
    Population: 6.9m
    Military forces: 993,000
    Military deaths: 39,366
    Civilian deaths: 735


    WWII from NZ

    Population: 1.6m
    Military forces: 294,831
    Military deaths: 12,200
    Civilian deaths: 0
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    Pretty high ratio of wounded/killed there. But then as i understand a fair few were at Gallipoli which was basically a disaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Pretty high ratio of wounded/killed there. But then as i understand a fair few were at Gallipoli which was basically a disaster.
    The ANZAC troops were basically used as cannon fodder.


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    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

    Lest we forget

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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

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    Amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    * 155,000 wounded (all services)
    One of those was my (English) great-grandfather, who fought for the Australian Army in WWI. He was shot in the left elbow by a sniper whilst on patrol. A matter of inches was the difference between me existing and not existing, as he was childless at the time. Scary thought.

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    I always like to be reminded when ANZAC day comes around, not a mention of it over here. OK its not our national day, but these people gave their lives for the same cause as us, and it'd be nice to give it at least a mention somewhere in the news.

    Being a bit of a history lover (esp political/military history), Gallipoli has always fascinated and horrified me in equal measures. I think of myself as having a strong constitution, ready to face almost anything. That however, would easily send me insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    I always like to be reminded when ANZAC day comes around, not a mention of it over here. OK its not our national day, but these people gave their lives for the same cause as us, and it'd be nice to give it at least a mention somewhere in the news.

    Being a bit of a history lover (esp political/military history), Gallipoli has always fascinated and horrified me in equal measures. I think of myself as having a strong constitution, ready to face almost anything. That however, would easily send me insane.

    God bless those who gave their lives for the same ideals as us.



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    WWI is just shocking when you realise the sheer amount of people that died and how, especially compared to WWII which is given more coverage.

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    It was shocking how the English used to just send the ANZACs out to their deaths by making them run into open fields with no protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright View Post
    It was shocking how the English used to just send the ANZACs out to their deaths by making them run into open fields with no protection.
    Was no means an isolated thing, the top brass decided that was the best tactic for the whole army to take up. First day of the Somme, 10,000 died doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Was no means an isolated thing, the top brass decided that was the best tactic for the whole army to take up. First day of the Somme, 10,000 died doing it.
    I know that. But, this is ANZAC Day, a time to remember the ANZACs. And it is shocking.

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