The First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of only five million, over 300,000 enlisted men were sent overseas, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.
Over 8,000 Australian soldiers died in the Gallipoli campaign, and even though the campaign was a failure, the ANZAC legend was formed. Australia was a young nation and the courage and character shown by Australians at Gallipoli was quickly recognised and honored back home.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day is held on April 25 and is the anniversary of the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign during WW1.
The First World War is often referred to as 'The Great War' or the 'war to end all wars'.
The 4th of August 2014 marks the 100th year anniversary of the start of WW1.
A national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice.
It is over ten years (March 2001) since the creation of the song and now you can hear an instrumental recording of the music here at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A32MqIgLqRo
Download lyrics for the songClick here
Original Version of the song (2001) can now be downloaded for free.Click here to go to the download page.