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On 25 April 1915 during World War One the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps engaged in a conflict that defined these two nations, and also fortified the identity of the nation of Turkey, their adversary. The ANZACS were fighting on the side of the British and French combined forces, against the Turks who had aligned with Germany.
It was an invasion fraught with mistakes, such as misplaced landings, and the war went on for 9 months in a fruitless attempt to attain nondescript terrain, various points of high ground, largely to avail. The Turks ran short on ammunition, resorting to bayonet charges, and the allied forces suffered extreme casualties. In all there were an estimated half a million casualties. Australia lost 8709 soldiers, and New Zealand 2721. For these small nations fighting under the flag of their colonial roots, the British Empire, the end this conflict saw the two nations step back, recognizing their own sovereign identity, and the separation from the motherland began as the new colonies embraced their own identities, their own values, their own independence. Today all nations involved in the Gallipoli campaign enjoy a shared peace, and show deep respect for all the fallen soldiers, on both sides of the line that was really someone else's war.
Sergeant William Beech, a builder's foreman in civilian life, of the 2nd Battalion NSW, Australian Imperial Force, was one of the Anzacs, and he devised a very effective weapon for fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli. He created a periscope rifle, a simple addition to the enfield 303 rifle, made of mirrors and wood that enabled the soldier to peer over the trench lines without exposing himself. The crude invention was used widely by the ANZACS and perhaps afforded the allied troops a slight foothold, in their forever uphill battle, that was ultimately fruitless. This app is to honour the invention, and the epic bravery of all soldiers, lest we forget their sacrifice.… Expand