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MATESHIP the heart of the Anzac Spirit

A Digger carries a wounded comrade down to a dressing station near North Beach. (AWM H10363) 
  • Over the last 40 years I have looked at thousands of photos of Australian servicemen in every conflict in which we have been involved.
  • I have heard the term "Anzac Spirit" or "Spirit of Anzac" used and misused thousands of time.
  • In all of that time and with all of those words I have never found anything that more clearly or plainly encapsulates what I believe to be the core of the "Anzac Spirit" than this photo, taken in 1915 on the heights of Gallipoli with the Aegean Sea in the back ground.

Bravo Anzacs

Rings the world with the fame

And glory of Australia's name

Valiant sons of Britain true

Our great empire praises you


And to history shall go down

New Zealand's loyal and brave renown

Zeal in every noble heart

Answering plays a hero's part

Closer binds our empire's tracks

Sons of Britain, Brave Anzacs


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