The Canberra Times
Thursday, 30 November 2023

Anzac Treasures author Peter Pedersen reveals Gallipoli insights

By David Ellery
Updated April 23 2018 - 9:45pm, first published October 17 2014 - 11:45pm

"To be the sort of man who would give way when his mates were trusting to his firmness; to be the sort of man who would fail when the line, the whole force, and the allied cause required his endurance; to have made it necessary for another unit to do his unit's work; to live the the rest of his life haunted by the knowledge that he had set his hand to a soldier's task and lacked the grit to carry it through - that was the prospect that these men could not face. Life was very dear, but life was not worth living unless they could be true to their idea of Australian manhood. Standing upon that alone, when help failed and hope faded, when the end loomed clear in front of them, when the whole world seemed to crumble and the heavens to fall in, they faced its ruin undismayed." Charles Bean "The Story of ANZAC", Volume 1.

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