MELBOURNE, Australia, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The 25th of April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day. One century on from the Allied landings on the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsular in Turkey during WW1, which involved Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and British personnel, Australians will commemorate their most important and most solemn national day – Anzac Day, the anniversary of the first major military action fought by their forces during WW1.
To commemorate the Centenary of Anzac Day, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, will represent the royal family at the Anzac dawn service on Gallipoli. Thousands of people attend Anzac Day at Gallipoli each year and Turkey is expecting over 100,000 participants at the Anzac Day Dawn services this year to mark the Centenary. Hundreds of thousands of other Australians, New Zealanders and Britons will be commemorating Anzac Day at dawn services and parades in cities, towns and small communities throughout the world.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the ANZAC's actions during the campaign left a powerful legacy and the "Anzac legend" became a significant part of the identity of both nations.
Frontline Books/Pen and Sword UK will launch three books about the Gallipoli campaign by John Hamilton, former White House Correspondent and former London-based European Bureau Chief for the Herald and Weekly Times, in time for the Centenary.
An award winning foreign correspondent and a best selling author, Hamilton's three books are already international best sellers in Australia and New Zealand, but will be available in hardback editions in selected bookstores in the UK and the US, and worldwide on the Frontline Books/Pen and Sword UK website.
GALLIPOLI SNIPER, THE REMARKABLE STORY OF BILLY SING: by John Hamilton
An Anzac Light Horseman from Queensland, Australia, Billy Sing, may hold the "world record" as the most lethal military sharpshooter, from WW1 with 200 credited "kills", but a possible 300.
Following Sing from his recruitment onwards, Hamilton takes us on a journey into the squalor, dust, blood and heroism of Gallipoli, as seen from the unique viewpoint of a sniper.
GALLIPOLI VICTORIA CROSS HERO The Price of Valour The Triumph and Tragedy of Hugo Throssell, VC, by John Hamilton
The story of the son of a former Premier of West Australia who joined the Light Horse, Throssell was involved in the famous charge at the Battle of the Nek and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. He was severely wounded numerous times and still went back into the firing line. After the war, he became an outspoken opponent of war. Never having recovered psychologically and finding employment difficult, he tried to pawn his Victoria Cross and was offered ten shillings - such was the price of valour.
FATAL CHARGE AT GALLIPOLI by John Hamilton
The story of one of the bravest and most futile actions of the Dardanelles Campaign, The Light Horse at the Nek, August 1915.
SOURCE Frontline Books