April 25th


One of the main events that lead to World War I was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on the 28th of April 1914. He and his wife were shot by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist. Thus, leading to many other outrageous events that caused what would be called "The Great War".

Australian involvement

Australia was apart of the Allies due to their membership of the British Empire. They were involved in a number of Battles throughout the war. In total, 324,000 Australian troops fought, with an estimated 61,720 dead and 155,000 wounded.

Significant Battles for the Australians

The battle at Gallipoli is by far the most talked about battle for the Australians. Although it was a complete and utter failure, the event makes Australians proud of the troops that fought in the war.

But Gallipoli wasn't the only the battle they were apart of. Some other major battles include:

-Fromelles on the Somme, France, July 1916

-Ypres, Belgium, 1917

Impact of war at home

At home, everyone seemed to support Australia's entry into the Great War. While men of Australia were fighting over seas, people back at home were talking about conscription; whether they supported it or not. Another major effect that the war had on the home front was the economy. The war cost a lot, so the government introduced a new tax. They also introduced the War Precautions Act of 1915

The significance for ANZAC day for Aussies

Although the battle at Gallipoli was a huge disaster, it means so much to Australian's because it represents great strength and perseverance for our country. The courage that the soldiers that fought had was remarkable. They persisted on and showed everyone else just who Australian's are.