This site was originally published by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2000 for the 85th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, and with many additions since then, has remained one of the most popular on the web about Gallipoli and the Anzacs.
The completely reconstructed site at Gallipoli.gov.au has also had new sections added, such as Why did the Anzacs land at Gallipoli?, Frequently Asked Questions, and Fighting Back, a new section on the bitterly fought battles of the campaign from May to August, including the second Battle of Krithia, the Turkish attack of 19 May, the August Offensive and the Battle of Lone Pine and Hill 60. With recent interest in nurses at Gallipoli revived by ABC TV drama 'Anzac Girls', the section on the 3rd Australian General Hospital on Lemnos Island has been expanded. While a proportion of the site was previously available in Turkish language, now over half of site is in Turkish, including the 36 or more audio commentary podcasts.
At 2.30 am on 25 April 1915, as the men of the Anzac Corps approached the west coast of Gallipoli in the ships of the invasion fleet, the Australian submarine AE2 entered the Dardanelles to disrupt Turkish sea communication.
The Australian submarine AE2, the first Allied warship to make it though the Dardanelles, was commanded by Irishman Lieutenant-Commander Henry Stoker. Its aim was to assist the military landing at the Gallipoli Peninsula by getting past the Narrows to operate against Turkish military transports in the Sea of Marmara. After successfully navigating the Dardanelles, including the torpedoing of a Turkish ship at the Narrows, from 26 to 30 April, the AE2 hunted for Turkish ships in the southern area of the Sea of Marmara. Read about this historic journey, and watch detailed animation of the AE2's voyage, based on Lieutenant-Commander Henry Stoker's reports. more ...
The ‘Anzac Walk’ is designed for the Australian visitor who has little time but can devote one day to explore the main area the ‘Anzacs’, held on Gallipoli from 25 April to 20 December 1915.
The Anzac Walk takes the visitor around 14 locations on the old Anzac battlefield of 1915 at Gallipoli.
Discover the stories of North Beach, Artillery Road, Lone Pine and the Nek as seen through the eyes of those who fought and died there. Feel the truth of the words of Australia’s official historian of the Gallipoli campaign, Charles Bean: The graves of Gallipoli, exquisitely maintained, where Anzac folk can walk amid thousands of names as familiar as those along Collins or Pitt Streets, do call for visitors. more ...