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Anzac Tradition In 1914 world war 1 broke out and ended in 1918 During this time the government formed the Australian Imperial Force AIF at no stage was Oz directly threatened by war the troops of the AIF were sent to fight overseas and were joined by New Zealand troops The combined troops became known as the ANZACs which stood for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Many women joined the Australian Army Nursing Service Many women and girls contributed to the war effort Most of the work they did was voluntary and unpaid May women worked as members of large groups such as Red Cross Society AIF and the Australians Comforts Fund Other women contributed as individuals to the anzac spirit but the kinds of work they did were limited However they they raised a great deal of money and provided comforts such as clothing food and other gifts The ANZACs fought at Gallipoli in turkey Which was an ally of Germany and in France Egypt Libya Greece Crete and the middle easttroop ships soldiers lived on operated by Royal Australian Navy set up in large tents was the casualty clearing stations Here mainly women doctors nursing sisters and medical orderlies did what they could do to patch up wounded soldiers who where then sent on to hospitals Australian troops returned to no great victory parades partly because they came back so irregularly during 1919 and 1920 Also because of the influenza pandemic of early to mid 1919 which stopped people mixing together in large numbers Yet leaving was for many of the Anzacs the greatest tragedy of all since it meant leaving their dead mates buried in an alien land so far from home But the ANZACs were there through the heat and the flies and the stench of death and disease and attack and counter-attack and the cold as winter drew on Anzac Day is a day set
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