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Thread #49752 Message #753539
Posted By: GUEST
24-Jul-02 - 03:50 AM
Thread Name: Help: Suvla and Sud-al-Bar
Subject: RE: Help: Suvla and Sud-al-Bar
The story I grew up with is that the ANZACS were sent as a diversion to take the Turks from where the real attack was to be.
The British High command apparently stuffed up and sent them to the wrong beach - one where an attack was expected and was therefore heavily defended.
When the generals learned of their mistake (before it was too late), they ordered the ANZAC attack to continue.
Sure plenty died besides ANZACS, but probably not as many died as a direct result of British Imperial arrogance and incompetence.
I don't know about the Irish soldiers, but the historical English contempt for the Irish is well enough documented to make one wonder what the point of it allreally was ...
The majority of troops at Gallipoli may have been British but the majority of deaths were Turkish, and they knew as little about what they were fighting for as the ANZACS did.