ANZAC centenary at Hellfire Pass

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ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION Australians and New Zealanders flocked to the Hellfire Pass memorial site in Kanchanaburi, some 120 kilometres (80 miles) Northwest of Bangkok, on Saturday (April 25

ANZAC centenary at Hellfire Pass

ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION

Australians and New Zealanders flocked to the Hellfire Pass memorial site in Kanchanaburi, some 120 kilometres (80 miles) Northwest of Bangkok, on Saturday (April 25) for a dawn service to remember those who served during World War One and World War Two.

This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the doomed World War One campaign at Gallipoli, Turkey.

The battle on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula was one of the bloodiest of the Great War, as thousands of soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were cut down by machine-gun and artillery fire as they struggled ashore on a narrow beach.

The fighting would eventually claim more than 130,000 lives, 87,000 of them on the Ottoman side, before the Turks finally repulsed the poorly planned Allied campaign.

Australian, New Zealand, Turkish officials were among those who observed a prayer and a minute of silence at dawn in honour of those who served and died in all wars.

Hellfire Pass, also known as the Konyu Cutting, is a small section of the Thai-Burma Railway stretching over 500 metres long.

It was built by more than 12,000 allied Prisoners of War (POW), including about 2,700 Australian soldiers, under hard labour and horrific conditions.

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