Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, a day of remembrance and respect to those who have served in the armed forces of these two nations. April 25th was the day that ANZAC troops came ashore at the Gallipoli Peninsula as one of the spearheads of the allied attack in an effort to force the Dardanelles, knock the Ottomans out of the Great War, and link up with and relieve Russia.
The battlefield quickly deteriorated into trench warfare in the suffocating heat of a long Turkish summer. In early December 1915, the troops were quietly pulled away in the darkness of a moonless night without a single casualty. The Turks woke to find themselves victorious on a deserted battlefield.
A few days’ ago, an open letter was penned to the French parliament. Signed by twenty retired French generals, the letter is a plea for something to be done at the abject political and social state of the nation, and a warning that if the politicians continue to obfuscate then the military, past and serving members, might have to roll up their sleeves and step in.