Australia and Gallipoli

For many Australians, Gallipoli is the most important part of their history.  How did this happen?  Why should they identify with a military disaster?  Why do 10,000 Australians attend the Dawn Service in Gallipoli every year?  A good starting point to try and understand this has been provided by Australian-born chef John Torode here.

In this interview, British historian Stephen Chambers talks about why Australians feel Gallipoli is so important. 

Here, an Australian – Professor Peter Stanley – says that after 100 years, it’s time for his country to take another look at Gallipoli. He disagrees with the view that ‘the Australian nation was born on the cliffs of Gallipoli’.