The small armies of Australia and New Zealand, during World War I sent  troops to serve with the British Army. Formed into the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, they quickly became known as ANZACs. Soon their wartime prowess earned them the reputation as the shock troops of the British Empire.

In World War II, both nations again provided key infusions of manpower into the imperial forces, and struggled to fight campaigns alongside the United States in the Pacific to achieve their own strategic goals.

And in virtually every major US campaign since World War II, troops from the antipodean nations have served alongside our soldiers and Marines.

Both Australia, and particularly New Zealand are small countries, with small armies. But both are highly respected for their professionalism, gallantry, and heritage. And so it is appropriate that we take a moment to remember the shared sacrifices of our allied neighbors from the other hemisphere as they celebrate ANAZC Day.

Head over to CDR Salamander’s for some excellent video of these warriors in action throughout the years.

2 thoughts on “ANZAC Day”

  1. ANZAC’s (Diggers & Kiwis) aside from the extolled virtues of their capabilities includes also “pinching” their word for stealing. Its not meant to deprive anyone else, just a way of enriching their tactical existence. They won’t take one’s MRE spoon (those are highly prized because of the length of their handle), but if left alone they’ll steal a case of whatever from a depot warehouse, or supply room. Smart soldiers as they always thought that Potatoes Au Gratin (Au Rotten) inhaled a _ s. Once gave a 3RAR Platoon SGT a reel of parachute suspension line (500 yds.)…..they do appreciate unsolicited generosity, and during allowed periods of alcohol frolic, they remember you. VB Green for me please and thank-you.

  2. This Kiwi says thanks for the mention.

    The landings at Gallipoli were a ‘brainchild’ of Churchill’s. The disaster that followed was down to poor (mostly British) leadership; but also represented a major coming of age of two nations (The Australian states only federated in 1901; New Zealand only became a dominion in 1908) that we hold very dear to this day. The centenary in 2015 will be a rememberance like no other

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