I might even give a real prize this time.
(No cheating! At least, not til you've given your answers.)
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- When is Anzac Day? (nice easy one to start.)
- What does Anzac stand for? (again, an easy one!)
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
- What event does Anzac Day commemorate? (include the year and the location of the event.)
25 April is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. On this day in 1915, the Anzacs, along with British and other Commonwealth troops, landed on the Gallipoli peninsula, with the intention of capturing Constantinople (Istanbul). The Aussies actually landed a bit off-course, on a narrow beach, at the bottom of some cliffs, and they met with strong Turkish resistance. After 8 months, the Allies evacuated. Over 8,000 Australians were killed at Gallipoli (which is nothing compared to the 8,000 killed in a few weeks at the Somme, or the 86,000 Turks killed at Gallipoli - but it ws quite a shock to the Aussies at home).
- Why are many Anzac services held at dawn?
Because the Anzac landings were at dawn. (Which is a big part of why we were landed in the wrong spot.)
- Who were the Johnnies and the Mehmets?
The Johnnies were the Anzacs, and the Mehmets were the Turks.
There is an inscription at Gallipoli, of a speech made by Ataturk: "Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives, you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they become our sons as well."
- Who was the last Anzac, and what year did he die?
Alec Campbell, died in 2002, aged 103
- Who was Simpson's mate, and what did they do? (ok - he had more than one mate, but if you tell me his species, you'll get the point.)
John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey (Duffy). Simpson was a Brit (with Scottish parents) who joined the Army thinking it'd be an easy way to get back home, but instead ended up in Gallipoli. He used a couple of donkeys (Duffy was killed, so he had to find a replacement) to retrieve the wounded and carry them to safety. Simpson arrived on 25 April, and was killed on 19 May.
- What is "Two-up"?
Two-up is a coin game. Two pennies (pre-1966) are put on a board, and flipped. People can bet heads, tails, or evens. On Anzac Day, and only Anzac day, Two-up is played in pubs, everywhere. Normally, 'street gambling' is illegal.
- Name some of the ingredients in Anzac biscuits
plain flour, rolled oats, coconut, brown sugar, butter, golden syrup (like treacle, but not), bicarbonate of soda, and boiling water
- What do Aussies pin to their lapels on Anzac day?
rosemary. Rosemary is supposed to aid memory, and a type of wild rosemary grew on the slopes of Gallipoli
Aaaaand the winner is... seal_clubber !!!