(ANZAC =Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Aussies also get a day off on 25 April to commemmorate a monumental military loss in World War One, of no less than 7600 Aussies and 2500 Kiwis at Gallipoli in the south of Turkey when the Poms ( who also lost 40 000 of their own) had a plan to capture the city of Istanbul. Unfortunately the beach where they landed was much better defended and the hills much harder to climb than expected so they dug in and started exchanging fire until they evacuated the area again after eight months. As there are not many World War One veterans left nowadays the day now honours veterans of all wars that Australia has been involved in, alltogether 102.000 Aussies never made it home from distant battle fields. Marches are organized through capital cities and war veterans catch up with old mates and exchange memories and have a few drinks. In the marches in 2003 some cheats were discovered who had found or obtained medals without ever having been to any wars and were joining in the parades but as there are not many veterans left and they all know eachother they were quickly discovered and dealt with. In 2005 the Coalition of Patriots for Military Honour, armed with digital cameras, patrolled the marches to catch out cheats, and they quickly caught out over a hundred, they also have a website containing a wall of shame with photos of imposters, but have to do all this coverts as death threats have been received. This is also the one day a year when it is legal to play two-up in the streets which was a traditional favourite game of the soldiers. Not that it happens much as most people have forgotten how to play it. Should this game interest you there is a legal gambling den for two-up just outside the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia that is worth a visit to absorb a bit of local culture.

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