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How useful are the views of Anzac soldiers at Gallipoli suggested in Sources A, B and C? Explain your answer.

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Sam Arnold How useful are the views of Anzac soldiers at Gallipoli suggested in Sources A, B and C? Explain your answer. These sources give us a view of how the Anzacs were represented in the Gallipoli campaign. To answer the question I have to take into consideration that all sources are either useful or limited and for different reasons. They can be useful for giving information on specific questions if reliable for facts, or propaganda for opinion. They will be limited in usefulness if they lack information or are unreliable. Source A contains two cartoons depicting Australian soldiers. An Australian artist published these in The Anzac book in 1916. One of these is headed " The Hopeless Dawn" and is of a soldier, supposedly, standing to. ...read more.

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This is because it gives no facts about the campaign and is a cartoon, and cartoons are generally exaggerated and have extreme caricatures. These two certainly seem exaggerated and are probably used to convey an opinion that was widely felt among the Anzacs. Source B is very different from A as it is a secondary source, written by an historian. It is also a complimentary source and comments that the Anzacs were "trained from early school age upwards for military service". The Australians were also said to have "an intense spirit of comradeship" and the New Zealanders had "a reputation as the best soldiers in the world". This source is useful for telling us that the Anzacs were good soldiers as I know myself that they were well known for being brave and loyal. ...read more.

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But whilst the exaggerations make the source less reliable and so less useful for its factual information, it's useful as it shows the general view that the people back in Australia were being shown. In conclusion I believe that all three sources are useful in one way or another. All three give extreme views of the Anzac soldiers and how they were displayed. But I believe that the most useful source is B. It is useful as it reliably informs the reader that the Anzacs were brave and loyal soldiers. It also quotes a first hand account from a soldier at the time and so the source is both useful for its opinion from the soldier and its information about the behaviour of the Anzacs from the reliable historian. Word Count: 587 ...read more.

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