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Exhibitions commemorate bravery of Indian soldiers.

It's a moment in history that's often revisited but not many people care to see it holistically. For most, Anzac Day-- Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps-- marks the landing by Australian and New Zealand soldiers in southern Turkey as part of the Gallipoli campaign of World War I. But what's hardly known is that up to 15,000 Indians too were with the allied troops who landed on the Gallipoli peninsula on April 25, 1915.

They fought bravely, but their contribution remains relatively known and unrecognised.

To correct this anomaly, the Australian High Commission, in collaboration with the New Zealand High Commission and India's United Service Institution, has come up with a dual exhibition -- ' Camera on Gallipoli' and

' Indians and Anzacs' -- to commemorate the bravery of the Indian soldiers.

" One of the lesser known elements of Gallipoli is that Indian forces were a vital part of the operation. In fact, apart from Australia and New Zealand, it was the Indian forces that landed at ANZAC Cove on April 25, 1915. They provided very strong artillery support and later went on to play a very significant and valued role in the campaign, both infantry forces but also the logistic forces," says Bernard Philip, Australia's Deputy High Commissioner.

' Camera on Gallipoli' features stunning photographs of the Gallipoli campaign as seen through the lens of Charles Ryan, a famous Australian surgeon who served in World War I, while ' Indians and Anzacs' provides rare glimpses of the role Indian troops played in Gallipoli and elsewhere during the war.

About 1,400 Indians died and up to 3,500 were wounded in the Gallipoli campaign. Philip says: " Over the terrible months of the campaign a real camaraderie developed between the soldiers from the three countries.

In Australian parlance, we can say that they came to value and respect the contribution that all three sides were able to bring to the fight. It's wonderful to commemorate India's role in this campaign." ( Both exhibitions are on display till May 2 at the Murray Harris Room inside the Australian High Commission) Pay tribute to India's role in Anzac campaigns

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Date:Apr 28, 2015
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