Anzac Legend

Essay by A.JJunior High, 9th gradeB+, June 2008

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In discussing, the Anzac legend there are many different views on the topic of describing the Anzac legend and why has it been an important part of Australian identity. Does the Anzac legend and sprit remain today? The Anzac spirit was born at Gallipoli in 1915. However, it does not only represent that Hellish war but all wars that Anzac soldiers have participated in.

From the moment the Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed at Anzac cove, the soldiers established the spirit of mateship, courage, loyalty, bravery, sacrifice, heroism, dedication, honour, integrity, initiative and determination throughout the Gallipoli campaign as they battled against daunting odds. These qualities have come to represent the Anzac legend. However, some would say the Anzac legend is based on defeat. Nevertheless, as I quote from the doun service speech at Anzac cove 1996, "Anzac is not merely about loss it is about courage and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds".

The legend grew stronger as the war to end all wars went on according to quotes "the campaign at Gallipoli failed but the men were not defeated there is a crucial difference. In triumph of daring and initiative, over 35,000 Anzacs were evacuated in eleven December nights, with barely any casualties under the noses of Turkish soldiers". The Gallipoli campaign did not have the most fatalities of the war the ones in France were in much greater numbers but it was the first lost of Anzac soldier.

Australian identity is a concept that many Australians are still arguing today. The identity of this country is still something that cannot be agreed upon. Most would say that the Anzac legend helped create...