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Jules Crittenden and Gemma Jones on Australia’s day of remembrance.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/25/2007 at 02:18 AM
    1. onya, Jules and Gemma.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 04 25 at 02:30 AM • permalink


    1. An ANZAC Day pic from France.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 25 at 02:30 AM • permalink


    1. #2

      That is Beautiful, Dylan.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 04 25 at 02:44 AM • permalink


    1. The campaign failed but the Anzacs never thought that they lost, they gave as good as they got and the losses sustained by the Turks undermined their morale and their fighting capacity on other fronts.

      The strategic intent was sound and a few months earlier the defences in the area were so thin that the attack would have most likely succeeded. That would have opened a gateway for aid to Russia to sustain a viable second front in the East,  shortening the war on the Western front and forestalling the Soviet takeover. In view of those stakes and the lives that a win would have saved later on it was probably worth the punt.

      Posted by Rafe on 2007 04 25 at 03:42 AM • permalink


    1. #2 Dylan
      “Let us never forget Australia” in the classrooms of a French school.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 25 at 03:50 AM • permalink


    1. #5 – Yep, that’s the town. The main ANZAC Day Ceremony in France was held there this morning.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 25 at 03:54 AM • permalink


    1. The Australian editorial was a pretty good one too I thought.

      Posted by Srekwah on 2007 04 25 at 04:00 AM • permalink


    1. Canberra, ANZAC day. Dawn service, estimate crowd size 9000-11000, which is simply huge. The media on the radio driving home took their estimate from 20,000 to 28,000 in the 25 minutes between the War Memorial and home! The march was good too, there were about 11,000-14,000 people present which is again huge (the media guess has now hit 30,000!).  All in all a good day.

      The media’s gross overestimates are really weird. Each stand at the AWM takes about 1075 people. There are 2 stands each with about 500 seats in front of them. So you can look at them, say ‘that is about 1000’ (or 500), and mentally count similar sized blocks of people for a rough estimate.

      Easy, even a complete simpleton can do it.

      Hmm. No wonder it is beyond the media.


      Posted by MarkL on 2007 04 25 at 04:09 AM • permalink


    1. Re #8

      The media certainly has a lot of practice at gross overestimate of crowds – e.g. their reporting of the “thousands” turning out in support of the traitor hicks

      BTW, Certainly a huge turnout for the Dawn Service, but I thought the March crowd was about the same as last year.


      Posted by Rod C on 2007 04 25 at 04:25 AM • permalink


    1. Read the accounts over at Critter’s place.  Remarkable people.  I noted (and posted about it) that on man ended his account by placing the blame squarely on the Kaiser.  They knew, unlike today.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 04 25 at 04:45 AM • permalink


    1. I marched in Melbourne this morning with my 8 year old son Nathan.

      We marched in memory of Nathan’s great-grandfather (my grandfather) who served in both WW1 and WW2.

      He was proud as punch, the day was beautiful, and the crowd very cheerful – and I think larger than last year.

      Posted by Rob Blair on 2007 04 25 at 04:47 AM • permalink


    1. It appears that a group of ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) ex-service people had their own ANZAC Day commemoration and march in Redfern… Because they feel that the Aboriginal contribution has not been acknowledged.

      Oh Please!

      By having your own separate march you are separating yourselves from the rest of the service personnel commemorating ANZAC Day. If you have grievances about your current treatment take them to the proper authorities, whether they be civilian or miliary. ANZAC Day is NOT your day to protest.

      But he said indigenous servicemen had not been allowed into RSL clubs on their return from service, and many still did not march on Anzac Day.

      I’m pretty sure that Aboriginal people are allowed into RSL clubs now. And are afforded all the benefits that non-aboriginal service people get from the Miliatry.

      Get. Over. It.

      article here

      and this: Aus war vets protest racism…

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 25 at 05:19 AM • permalink


    1. I’ve decided that the 2nd law* to be enacted under my future tenure as PM of Australia, will be the banning of The Fanatics, or anything resembling The Fanatics, from any ANZAC service, anywhere in the world.  In fact, it will be a capital offence.

      * the 1st law being the banning of the incredibly brainless and annoying chant:
      “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi”

      Posted by murph on 2007 04 25 at 05:21 AM • permalink


    1. very o/t

      Take a look at this article:-

      It contains two questions.  The first is a sample question from an entry exam for a mathematics degree at a university in China, the second is one for a university (if you can still call it that) in Britain.

      At the end of high school I would have been able to solve the first question; at the end of primary school I would have been able to solve the second.

      Posted by murph on 2007 04 25 at 05:30 AM • permalink


    1. Unfortunately being from the States and merely visiting New Zealand the holidays tend to sneak up on me.  This one was no exception.  I knew of ANZAC day and a little of it’s history.  I didn’t realize when it was, and missed the dawn ceremony.

      Posted by TattooedIntellectual on 2007 04 25 at 05:40 AM • permalink


    1. Murph, please give us a hint:

      What does the upside-down “T” mean?

      Posted by Kaboom on 2007 04 25 at 06:02 AM • permalink


    1. #14 Murph, maybe but I reckon the Chinese student would totally flunk the cultural awareness and sensitivity section of the UK entrance exam.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 25 at 06:13 AM • permalink


    1. You would hardly know it’s Anzac Day if you were relying on The Age.

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 25 at 06:22 AM • permalink


    1. #18 MZ, you’d rely on the Age for “wrapping a dead cat,” but that’s about it.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 25 at 06:27 AM • permalink


    1. #19 I only read it for local news, anything more and I get too pissed off. (It’s a bit like Muslim Village in that respect.) Can’t use The Herald Sun’s site – it uses 100% of the CPU for some reason.

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 25 at 06:40 AM • permalink


    1. Kaboom

      ⊥dividing two elements, means that the elements are perpendicular.

      Posted by murph on 2007 04 25 at 06:40 AM • permalink


    1. #20 That’s just the evil Murdoch empire taking over your computer. Nothing to worry about.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 25 at 06:41 AM • permalink


    1. Vandals desecrate war memorial

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 25 at 06:44 AM • permalink


    1. #MZ
      I think they caught the vandals, white handed – covered in paint… It was on the TV news.

      Back to my movie: United 93…

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 25 at 06:51 AM • permalink


    1. Most of the media coverage of war is about “loss”, “misery”, “futility” and “waste”.
      Each Anzac day we are regaled with tearful stories of the horror, the guilt, the absolute desolation. I smell a rat, and not of the Tobruk sort.
      Wars are fought in different ways over time. It is a cliche that Generals plan for each war based only on the last one. (If they learned nothing from the last one that would be reprehensible). Losses are decreasing, but could escalate madly if nukes are brought into play again.
      Our media seem determined to avoid mention of allied/western successes. The allies did not win by merely turning up, tending to the wounded, or looking after the supplies.
      They actually kicked butt, killed enemies, and were good at it. Read Chuck Yeager’s book. He was a fighter ace during WW2, not just a test pilot during the space race. Those guys did serious damage to the enemy, and their day was made by seeing plenty of enemy planes in the air.
      The doom and gloom of our media’s coverage of everything warlike is turning us all into EU-wimps. Surrender is their only option. If you are not prepared to fight when your adversary is, it is goodnight nurse.
      I know that people get killed, maimed, psychologically damaged, and that society is supposed to evolve beyond this dilemma. That only works if everyone is evolving.
      Clearly they are not, and we are going to be held hostage if we lack the determination to meet force with at least equal force, preferably more force.
      Triumphalism is being harnessed by the other side. Iran will make much of their latest hostage success. The Palis are planning more hostage actions, particularly since EUhud Ohlmert is bending their way on exchange of a thousand to one!

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 25 at 06:54 AM • permalink


    1. #24 kae This one was in Sydney, I think the one you’re referring to was in Bathurst:
      Anzac vandals need ‘kick up the backside’

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 25 at 06:57 AM • permalink


    1. #21 Murph:

      OK, though logic dictates that BD cannot possibly connect with A1C, so proving the perpindicularity of BD”T”A1C is going to be a trifle difficult.

      It may be the case on a pure “plan” perspective, however.  The means of providing mathematical proof eludes me.

      (i.e. I’m just a dumb-arse.)

      Posted by Kaboom on 2007 04 25 at 07:05 AM • permalink


    1. MZ, Oh, not sure, didn’t hear where the vandals were.
      I hope they get much more than just their arses kicked!

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 25 at 07:13 AM • permalink


    1. “Turn it up you lot … I’ve got me flamin’ foot caught in the flamin’ barbwire!”

      Posted by BIWOZ on 2007 04 25 at 07:20 AM • permalink


    1. #26 MZ, what a pointless comment from Iemma.  But I guess some teenaged girls are not the same as gangs of MOMEAs menacing beachgoers, so maybe it will happen?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 25 at 07:23 AM • permalink


    1. A possible typo in the Oz article.

      “THE vandals who painted the words “Anzacs are murderers” and peace signs all over a war memorial in the NSW town of Bathurst needed a “goood kick up the backside”, Premier Morris Iemma said today.”

      Goood kick?  Oh yeah, those girls need a goood ass-kickin’…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 25 at 07:30 AM • permalink


    1. I raise my vegimite on toast to all antipodeans as a toast this Anzac Day Breakfast.

      Got a bit convoluted there :^)

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 04 25 at 07:38 AM • permalink


    1. Cheers to the memory of the brave ANZAC lads. I’ll raise a glass to you tonight.

      Posted by JDB on 2007 04 25 at 07:57 AM • permalink


    1. Happy ANZAC Day, Australian and New Zealander servicemen and veterans!

      Posted by Rajan R on 2007 04 25 at 08:45 AM • permalink


    1. I must confess that I didn’t know much about ANZAC Day, so I went to the article at Wikipedia. I followed some links, including one on ANZAC Day quotes. Some of these are hard to read with a dry eye. Example:

      It was the birth of a nation, and one can only hope that this thought provided some comfort to the parents of the Anzac whose very Australian headstone stands where the first landing took place. It reads:

      Died aged 18 near this spot
      April 25, 1915
      Did his best.

      Phillip Knightley, Australia: A Biography of a Nation, 2000

      April 25, 1915. As Winston Churchill said of England during the Blitz, “This was their finest hour.”

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 25 at 08:53 AM • permalink


    1. Happy ANZAC Day Aussies, I will raise a hefe tonight in honor of your heros.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 04 25 at 08:53 AM • permalink


    1. Lest We Forget, everyone.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 25 at 08:57 AM • permalink


    1. In memory of my uncles in two World Wars:

      * Lt. Fred ‘Cul’ Culverwell (1892-1976), 16th Bttn, 1st AIF, ex-POW.
      * Lt. Geoff O’Shaughnessy (1922-2003), HMAS Warramunga.

      Posted by David Morgan on 2007 04 25 at 09:00 AM • permalink


    1. A bit of Anzac Day etiquette that Australians are too polite to mention, but I will, having read up on the subject: It’s just not right to say Happy Anzac Day.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 25 at 09:11 AM • permalink


    1. #39 Condolences for ANZAC Day?  My sympathies for ANZAC Day? Help me out ErnieG.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 04 25 at 09:30 AM • permalink


    1. God Bless, Diggers and Kiwis…With great respect,        from, an average American.

      Posted by greene on 2007 04 25 at 09:41 AM • permalink


    1. “37.  Lest We Forget, everyone.”

      “33.  Cheers to the memory of the brave ANZAC lads. I’ll raise a glass to you tonight.”

      As noted in the above quotes from this thread, it is a solemn and splendid occasion, just not a happy one.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 25 at 09:51 AM • permalink


    1. A tip of the old Akubra.  God bless all y’all antipodeans on Anzac day…and every day that ends in a “Y”.

      Posted by Carl H on 2007 04 25 at 10:01 AM • permalink


    1. BTW I got the idea from this comment on another thread:

      o/t but if one more stupid Pommy bastard says “Happy Anzac Day!” to me, I’m going to re-enact the Battle of the Somme from the Prussian perspective.

      Posted by murph on 2007 04 24 at 09:03 AM

      This was followed by the comment:

      In fairness, I can’t think of any other salutation – nor could the RSL officers I spoke to this afternoon. I do wish they’d come up with something.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 04 24 at 09:30 AM

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 25 at 10:20 AM • permalink


    1. My respects to all of you on ANZAC day from the daughter of a WWII vet.

      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2007 04 25 at 10:25 AM • permalink


    1. To their memory and their sacrifice for freedom.  May we never forget.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 25 at 10:26 AM • permalink


    1. I think RebbecaH has it right, Texas Bob.

      Never forget.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 04 25 at 10:33 AM • permalink


    1. I’ll just sit over here and quietly drink until thoroughly drunk, in their honor.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 04 25 at 10:41 AM • permalink


    1. Have one for me, Texas Bob. And if you’re ever in Brandon, FL, don’t bring your wallet.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 25 at 10:45 AM • permalink


    1. I have been proud to serve with the diggers and the Kiwis.  Both were magnificent.

      I’ll think of the ANZACs tonight, and have a good long silent time of thankfulness for such friends and allies.

      I am an American soldier who is grateful for them.

      Posted by Major John on 2007 04 25 at 11:00 AM • permalink


    1. Do Australians have a salutation appropriate for ANZAC Day?

      If not, how about:

      We join you in remembrance.

      (too much like a greeting card?)

      Posted by Blue Hen on 2007 04 25 at 11:39 AM • permalink


    1. Seems like we have the same conundrum for our Memorial Day, “happy” just ain’t right….

      I like RebecaH’s, seems perfectly respectful. like a toast.

      I’ve heard one from the American military that would fit, “To absent companions” everyone else replies “absent companions” drains their glass and places it upside down on the bar/table

      Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 04 25 at 11:50 AM • permalink


    1. Aus and NZ armed forces have earned an enviable reputation through an ability to shoot the enemy.

      In the case of Australia a nation of bush marksman has largely been transformed into a nation of suburban gun haters.

      No doubt this will have consequences in the future……

      Posted by rickw on 2007 04 25 at 12:18 PM • permalink


    1. I am US military currently deployed to a Southwest Asia location that happens to have an Austrailian contingent.  I was privileged to attend this morning’s ANZAC Day ceremony.  It was very moving, very sober, and full of Aussie-New Zealander pride.  It was an honor to attend.

      Good on you.

      Posted by jalarky on 2007 04 25 at 12:24 PM • permalink


    1. #54 Good first comment!

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 04 25 at 12:30 PM • permalink


    1. God bless you all from the daughter of a WWII vet who served along side Aussie troops and spoke of them always in glowing terms. Never forget.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 04 25 at 01:05 PM • permalink


    1. Went to the Darwin Dawn Service this morning (oops, that’s now yesterday morning! Damn the cricket!) Missed it last year due to cyclone induced cancellation. It never fails to move me, there is something about the mystique of morning over the service, the catafalque party at position around the centotaph and the old and not so old Diggers there, almost like a changing of the guard. For our American friends who may not know, the Japanese task force that hit Pearl Harbour in December ‘41 bombed Darwin in February ‘42. So I also spare a thought for the US servicemen who lost their lives in our harbour, from the USS Perry and others. To the ANZACs and all our allies,

      Lest We Forget.

      Posted by Justin on 2007 04 25 at 01:38 PM • permalink


    1. 25th Infantry Division hasn’t forgotten the ANZACs…

      Posted by Major John on 2007 04 25 at 02:25 PM • permalink


    1. ……At the going down of the sun……

      I crouched in a shallow trench on that hell of exposed beaches… steeply rising foothills bare of cover… a landscape pockmarked with war’s inevitable litter… piles of stores… equipment… ammunition… and the weird contortions of death sculptured in Australian flesh… I saw the going down of the sun on that first ANZAC Day… the chaotic maelstrom of Australia’s blooding.

      I fought in the frozen mud of the Somme… in a blazing destroyer exploding on the North Sea… I fought on the perimeter at Tobruk… crashed in the flaming wreckage of a fighter in New Guinea… lived with the damned in the place cursed with the name Changi.

      I was your mate… the kid across the street… the med. student at graduation… the mechanic in the corner garage… the baker who brought you bread… the gardener who cut your lawn… the clerk who sent your phone bill.

      I was an Army private… a Naval commander… an Air Force bombardier.  no man knows me… no name marks my tomb, for I am every Australian serviceman… I am the Unknown Soldier.

      I died for a cause I held just in the service of my land… that you and yours may say in freedom… I am proud to be an Australian.

      …………..The Ode…………..

      They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
      Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
      At the going down of the sun and in the morning
      We will remember them.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 04 25 at 03:00 PM • permalink


    1. G’day El Cid, you’ve been looking around at the Australian War memorial site, haven’t you?

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 25 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. G’day lady kae

      Yes, yes I have. Keep looking for a red headed Aussie…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 04 25 at 06:03 PM • permalink


    1. Ummmm, to clarify, knowing some on this forum…a LADY “red headed Aussie”….lol.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 04 25 at 06:04 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll hoist at least one cold, alcoholic beverage tonight to the memories of all those brave Aussie and Kiwi soldiers who have served, or are currently serving….but especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

      Ladies and gentlemen, to absent companions!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 04 25 at 07:03 PM • permalink


    1. I suggest “have a thoughtful ANZAC Day”.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 04 25 at 07:24 PM • permalink


    1. #63,

      absent companions!!

      *gulp* *flip* *clunk*

      Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 04 25 at 07:36 PM • permalink


    1. This year, I kept it lowkey. Spent the day with my siblings having a good barby lunch and going over papers left over from Mum and Dad that hadn’t yet been sorted.

      I now have my mum’s certificate of discharge from the Army, my dad’s badge designating him a US Army instructor and sundry other bits and pieces.

      For the first time in ages I didn’t watch the Anzac Day March on the teev.

      First Anzac Day without Dad was a strange feeling. Sure we laughed at all his id tags from the 60s amd 70s (he had hair!) but I remember the first time he marched with the Vietnam Vets down Swanston Street years ago. I took loads of pictures and bawled my eyes out.

      I cry every Anzac Day, when I think of how many have died, how many gave their lives, and how many of us today would never have been if their dads (and mums in some cases) hadn’t come home.

      As for the girls defacing the memorial in Bathurst?

      I’m all for bringing back cadetships and nasho. Let them do some hard time and learn a few things about what it means to have respect and a love for your country and your people.

      Let them spend some time with Diggers learning about the real world.

      Jules, thanks for your post, too.

      Needless to say it got me sooky again.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 04 26 at 01:16 AM • permalink


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