A set of 'yarns' or true stories and some heroic actions by New Zealanders on Gallipoli. Opening at the Army Museum on Anzac Day 2015.
100 years after the ANZACs landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the National Army Museum opens its latest exhibition featuring a set of 'yarns' or true stories and some heroic actions by New Zealanders on the peninsula.
During times of war, ordinary men and women are required to do extraordinary things, often without question. Some of these people are deemed heroes and are recognised for their acts of bravery and unselfishness while the majority go about their business with little notice.
This exhibition looks at both, from those who were recognised for their bravery with a gallantry award to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and are recognised by a name on a headstone or memorial.
History refers to the nine month Gallipoli Campaign of April to December 1915 as a disaster. The Allies tried to knock Turkey out of the war and control a sea passage to Russia. Turkey had other ideas and steadfastly defended their homeland. The cost was more than 200,000 lives on both sides as the campaign became a bitter, entrenched battle.