Sunday, April 19, 2015

ANZAC




ANZAC
Australia New Zealand Army Corps


For the first 2 weeks of Term 2 we will be focusing on ANZAC day and the NZ and Australian soldiers who landed at Gallipoli on 25th April 2015.

This year is the 100 year remembrance of this significant event.


  • What do you know about the ANZAC's?
  • Who were the ANZACs?
  • Is it really important for us to remember them? Yes/No? Why?
  • What connections do you have to the ANZAC's?
  • What does ANZAC day mean to you?


1 comment:

  1. My Grandfather served in WW2 in the Pacific also. He did not speak of the war either, but did share one story with us all at his 50th Wedding Anniversary. He told us the story so that we would understand the depth of his gratitude to his comrades who did not come home from war and his thankfulness that he had the luxury of a great life.

    The story he told was of being in one of three small boats and having to go ashore Mana Island under the cover of darkness. Japanese soldiers were known to be in the jungle watching the beaches. Grandfather and mates had to silently slip out of the boat, into the water, holding their guns above their heads so they didn't get wet. The first boat load of men had made it into the shallows when the gunfire began, killing most of the men from the first boat. Grandfather said the beach was lit up by gunfire and that he and his mates immediately headed for parts of the beach where they saw no gunfire. He said the fighting that continued over the next couple of days, as they flushed the Japanese soldiers out of the Jungle, was terrible. He was amazed that anyone got out of there alive.
    So Grandfather was ever mindful of those soldiers that were killed on that day. He could easily have been unlucky enough to be in that first boat.
    Grandfather was Thomas Edward Geange. 1918-1994

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