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Study Source A. Do you agree with this interpretation of Anzac soldiers at Gallipoli? Use source A and your own knowledge from your studies to explain your answer.

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Study Source A. Do you agree with this interpretation of Anzac soldiers at Gallipoli? Use source A and your own knowledge from your studies to explain your answer. Source A shows two pictures of Anzac soldiers. The pictures show the soldiers to be battered, not well organised, and not very motivated but always smiling. Above one of the pictures it has the title 'The Hopeless Dawn' this gives the impression of hopelessness and heroism, this is because even though there seems to hope in the soldiers winning the battle or even staying alive, they still keep going. The source suggests that it agrees with the interpretation of Anzac soldiers to be heroes. ...read more.

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It shows that even though there seems to be no hope they haven't given up. This is also shown in the effort they put in to holding their positions for eight months. As well as holding their positions, which they were able to do despite not being very well organised. They weren't well organised because when the ships were packed all the important equipment was at the bottom, this was because they weren't expecting the Turkish troops to be so well equipped, organised and well prepared for trench warfare. Source A is a cartoon. An Australian artist drew it in 1916. This therefore means that the cartoon could be used for propaganda, and as it's a cartoon it would be exaggerated. ...read more.

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Also it was written for the Anzac book so therefore would be biased towards the moral of the soldiers, as it would want to be seen that the soldiers were happy to be fighting in the war. Also it is a cartoon. Therefore it's going to be exaggerated. Therefore I conclude that the interpretation is fairly actuate in that the soldiers were very brave, in that even though the campaign seemed to be a lost cause they managed to secure trench positions for eight months. However I feel that the interpretation is inaccurate in that it shows the soldiers to have a high moral and are always smiling, however they were in terrible conditions and many died. So therefore their moral wouldn't be high as many of their friends and relatives could have died and they themselves would be suffering. ...read more.

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