It is of course one of the most important dates in the Australian calendar: April 25, ANZAC Day. We honour the men who fought at Gallipoli.
David Hiscox has written an intriguing essay over at XYZ. Though the Gallipoli campaign was a defeat for Australia and the forces allied against Germany, it was no mere diversion. Had the Diggers succeeded, the consequent course of the war might have been radically altered. And from that change, the entire 20th Century could have been radically different.
The campaign failed in its objective to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula, and gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. But imagine if it hadn’t. The game of what-if history can risk trivialising history, in order to show off the academic knowledge of those who play it. But on the contrary, I want to play this game to demonstrate the importance of the Battle of Gallipoli and why the expedition was attempted, highlight how important it was that we were there, and provide an insight into the moral malaise we see from our present leadership in the West.
Read it all here.