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Gallipoli


Well according to Canada's state broadcaster the Anzacs lost 100,000 men at Gallipoli. Not true - around 35,500 dead and wounded. And as the Newfoundland Regiment served in the Dardenelles, the Canadians should know better. Newfoundland was still a British colony then and didn't become part of Canada until 1949, but even so. The British suffered the worst casualties on the Allied side, 120,000 dead wounded, missing or taken prisoner, but it is the Australians and New Zealanders who commemorate Gallipoli. The Anzacs and Canadians were the shock troops of the British Empire in on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918. But it is the defeat that is best remembered. The myth is that the Anzacs were singled out as cannon fodder in the Dardenelles. The fact is that senior British officers treated their own countrymen just as badly. The difference is that the bungling was not the  shock or surprise to the British public that it was in the slightly more egalitarian Antipodes

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