The Anzac Spirit

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Today, the term 'Anzac spirit' evokes thoughts of stoicism, camaraderie and an unbreakable spirit. The legend of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) was born on the 25th of April, 1915, on a beach in Gallipoli. Nearly 100 years later, we still remember it, stopping each year to recognize how they contributed to the freedom we know today. In unbearable conditions, they fought not only the opposition, but also diseases, starvation and exhaustion. We remember the humanity and honour shown, not only to each other, but to their enemies as well, and the dutifulness they felt to their country, their loved ones, and their king.

Anzacs were known over both the western and eastern fronts for having 'mental toughness and a spirit that was hard to break.' They were stoic, they pushed forward, despite the knowledge that they were facing an almost certain death, showing incredible endurance. This was shown throughout the war, but one of the strongest examples was set when the 8th and 10th Lighthorse regiments charged the Nek. The Lighthorse, in four lines of around 150 men were to seize the Turkish frontline. The Turkish were prepared for this however, and had machine guns ready for fire. Many Anzacs were killed before they had fully left the trenches, and the line disappeared in less than five metres. Men watched their mates being mercilessly shot down, knowing that in minutes they would be in that same situation. Even after the realization that the attack was a failure, they didn’t give up. The third and fourth lines attacked with the same courage and determination that the first did.

During the years spent at war, fellow soldiers became your best mates, a second family. Many only survived the war because of the strong bonds they shared with friends. Men risked their own lives to come back and save their mates. Camaraderie was a main part of the war, and…...

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