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What is the Anzac spirit and how was it demonstrated during World War one?

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What is the Anzac spirit and how was it demonstrated during World War one? The Anzac spirit was born at Gallipoli in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand troops first set foot on Turkish soil during World War One. A new side of man's character was revealed. The Anzac spirit shows many different qualities for Australians. It represents mateship, courage, determination, patriotism, loyalty, equality, bravery and creativity. These qualities in the struggle of battle became the characteristics of all true Australians. However, the most important attribute that was born at Gallipoli was the soldiers' determination. The Australian men were aware that they had little hope of victory during the Gallipoli campaign and yet they persisted. The men who had seen the treacherous nature of the war continued to fight, showing determination and persistence that became the Anzac spirit. ...read more.


Private McAnulty recounted a similar view of the dangerous Gallipoli landing, "The fumes are suffocating, the shrapnel is pouring all round us getting chaps everywhere." The recognition of acts of bravery by others seems to be another aspect of this Anzac spirit. Mateship created strong bonds between the men who landed at Anzac Cove, and was essential to their emotional and physical survival. These bonds in many cases were nothing but humour and sharing, which were used to reduce the tension and helped many soldiers cope. A sort of love and trust in one another developed in the trenches. The 'Gallipoli Campaign also relied on the Anzac soldier's willingness to sacrifice his life, health and future. A soldier needed great determination to continue the daily battle at Gallipoli. Many men sacrificed their lives to save others, for example, John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey Duffy had carried wounded men down Monash and Sharpnel Valley to safety. ...read more.


As well as individual courage and determination of all individual Australians, they also fought with the same mentality. For every mission ranging from the washing of clothes to the fighting of a major battle was done with complete concentration and strong intentions. The Anzac spirit is reflected by thousands of everyday Australians who have never achieved such recognition but have demonstrated the same values of devotion, sacrifice and. heart that became evident through the Anzacs at Gallipoli throughout their life. The Anzac spirit at Gallipoli in 1915, a display persistence has been accomplished again both in war and in other fields. The Anzac spirit can be seen today through the willingness of Australians to help others in every situation and when they are asked to help a nation as they were in 1914, as a country they will display courage, determination, sacrifice and mateship. The Anzac spirit remains as relevant today as it was in 1914, and provides a strong model for us to respect and look back on. ...read more.

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