One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen

By David Metzenthen

A relocating and strong tale concerning the that means of Remembrance Day, drawing at the Australian and Turkish conflict at Gallipoli

On the one centesimal anniversary of the beginning of global warfare I, David Metzenthen asks, "What is the real that means of remembering?" This is a powerful and relocating photograph ebook for older readers concerning the "one minute's silence" saw in Australia on Remembrance Day, and what Gallipoli capacity to Australians during this context. by way of exhibiting either side of the conflict—Aussie and Turk—he encourages readers to consider all those that have fallen, and by utilizing this iconic battle—one of the few to have introduced countries nearer together—he indicates one other viewpoint on Gallipoli. Michael Camilleri's remarkable illustrations improve the reader's experience.

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But can you imagine the fierce Anzacs and the fighting Turks quietly returning to their trenches after this one day of truce… then firing at each other that afternoon, although they truly knew that the other men were not so much different after all. In one minute’s silence, can you imagine what the Turkish fighters felt when they knew they could hold the high ground … and the rain that lashed them felt like tears of joy. And can you imagine, in one minute’s silence, the moment when the bloodied Diggers finally reached the razored heights of Gallipoli where the Lone Pine grew… to see that the hazy Turkish horizon was as impossible to reach as a castle in the clouds.

But can you imagine the fierce Anzacs and the fighting Turks quietly returning to their trenches after this one day of truce… then firing at each other that afternoon, although they truly knew that the other men were not so much different after all. In one minute’s silence, can you imagine what the Turkish fighters felt when they knew they could hold the high ground … and the rain that lashed them felt like tears of joy. And can you imagine, in one minute’s silence, the moment when the bloodied Diggers finally reached the razored heights of Gallipoli where the Lone Pine grew… to see that the hazy Turkish horizon was as impossible to reach as a castle in the clouds.

In one minute’s silence, you can imagine the Anzacs strengthening their front lines as if to fight through every hour of every day of the bitter Turkish winter… yet in secret they were preparing to leave the cliffs and beaches of Gallipoli seven days before Christmas in 1915. But can you imagine, in one minute’s silence, as the Turkish fighters looked down from the cliffs… that the Anzacs were binding their boots in cloth, leaving presents and notes, and rifles rigged to fire, and about to make their way down to the sea and the waiting ships.

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