A disastrous campaign to secure the Dardenelles, a brave defense, a bloody conflict, and months of fruitless stalemate. The battle of Gallipoli at Anzac Cove, was one of the worst debacles of world war I, from start to finish, with a total of 130,784 dead and 261,554 wounded from both sides.
The poignant Lone Pine cemetery and memorial, is a testament to the courage and sacrifice of some of these brave young men. But more importantly to the pointless waste of war.
War reduces everything to silence.
Every soldier’s grave a place too loud for sleep.
~ E. Ethelbert Miller, “First Poem”