A young visitor takes photographs of names of the soldiers decorated with flowers at the Lone Pine Australian memorial in Gallipoli, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Thousands of Australians, New Zealanders and Turks gathered on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula Thursday ahead of the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of World War I.A century ago, thousands of soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps struggled ashore on a narrow beach at Gallipoli during an ill-fated campaign that would claim more than 130,000 lives.Although the Allied forces also included British, Irish, French, Indians, Gurkhas and Canadians, Gallipoli has become particularly associated with the Australians and New Zealanders, marking a point where they came of age as nations less beholden to Britain.Some 130,000 soldiers perished during the campaign – 87,000 of them from the Ottoman side – before the Turks, under German command, finally repulsed an Allied campaign that was hampered by poor planning.
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