The Anzac Spirit

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Oliver also was sure that if need be, Joe would do the same for him. One Anzac said "I'd rather be killed than leave them there to die", after he risked his life to rescue an injured mate from a battlefield in Gallipoli, dragging him back to the safety of the trenches. The friendship shown at Gallipoli still inspires many today.

Anzacs are commonly remembered for their larrikinism, and humor in life or death situations. However, they also showed extraordinary bravery, courage and initiative. On the 12th of October 1917, Clarence Smith Jeffries, a captain of the 34th Battalion, A.I.F, took part in the attack on Passchendaele, part of one of the battles of Ypres. He organized and led a small group of men in a charge attempting to seize a concrete pill box controlled by the Germans. They ran against heavy artillary and machine gun fire, and captured the pillbox. Later on, Jeffries also organized an attack, the purpose of which was to capture the enemies machine guns. Although this attack was successful, Jeffries lost his life.
Most Australians are familiar with the story of Simpson and his donkey, and the courage and bravery they represent. John Kirkpatrick Simpson made it part of his daily routine to save wounded men. Starting as early as 6:30 am, he would begin the one and a half mile journey up Shrapnel Gully in Gallipoli, and out onto Quinn's post, where he was often less than 15 yards away from opposing trenches. He would leave his donkey under cover, and go forward to collect the wounded. He would make this trip up to fifteen times a day, never flinching, even under the heaviest of shrapnel fire. John Simpson was killed doing his job, leading his donkey through heavy Turkish gunfire with a wounded soldier. Simpson is part of Anzac fokelore today, credited with saving hundreds of mens lives. These men's lives were saved because of View More »

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