The History Clicking website has now been launched.
Every month we will focus on different historical events, people and themes.
As we are launching in April, the same month that ‘ANZAC Day’ is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand (25 April), our first month’s focus is the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915.
The Gallipoli Campaign began as a relative sideshow for Allied forces in WW1, and has grown to become a national legend in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
The Allied planners initially intended to knock quickly the Ottoman Empire out of the war with a Naval attack on its capital. With the failure of naval operations, the Allied planners shifted to amphibious landings. With the failure of the land forces to break-out from the beach-heads, the Allied planners poured more and more troops into the growing disaster. The tenacity and heroism of the Turkish defenders ensured the ultimate Allied defeat.
We’ve chosen the Gallipoli Campaign because it offers a rich historical story, whose legacy resonates down the decades to the present time – and references to the campaign can continue to be found in public ceremonies, movies and popular memory. In the History Clicking pages we display details of the events, the human cost, and the popular portrayal of the campaign in Movies and TV series.
Thank-you for joining us on our journey.