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  1. Introduction
  2. ANZAC: An acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps
  3. Journalist C.E.W. Bean: An essential element in the importance of Gallipoli
  4. Australia thinking of Great Britain as their powerful ally
  5. Conclusion
  6. References

?The search for national character is one of the obsessive dead ends of Australian history (Alistair, 1997)?. Australians spent time searching for their national identity in the years following the 1901 Federation. The Great War posed exactly the opportunity Australia had been looking for. They were able to put their newly created Imperial forces to the test and to stand up as an independent nation alongside and against the most powerful countries in the world. The Battle of Gallipoli was the most significant battle in the creation of the Anzac legend for two reasons.

[...] The Anzac legend embodies the soldiers as well as the general population of Australia; it accounts for the moments of fighting, commemorates the deceased, and embodies characteristics held by Australian citizens. References Books / Articles D.A. Kent, Anzac Book and the Anzac Legend: C.E.W. Bean as editor and image-maker?, Historical Studies, Vol.21 No 84 (April 1985), pp 390 Alistair Thomson, return of a soldier? in White, Richard and Russell, Penny, eds., Memories and Dreams: Reflections on 20th Century Australia: Pastiche II (St Leonards, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin, 1997), pp - 134 Adam-Smith, Patsy (1981). [...]


[...] ANZAC is an acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, originally the term Anzac exclusively referred to the soldiers who fought in The Great War. It was not until the Second World War that Anzac Day began to commemorate all fallen soldiers, and began to truly embody every man or woman who has risked their life by fighting for their country (Australian Government, Cultural and Recreation Portal, 2006). Anzac Day is said to have formed a civil religion throughout Australia with it is reverence. [...]

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