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History and 'Betrayal': The Anzac Controversy

Alistair Thompson uncovers a hidden controversy about myth making and Gallipoli

New Zealand soldiers encampment at Anzac Cove in 1915When Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating claimed that Churchill 'betrayed' Australia by abandoning it to the enemy during the Second World War, Britain's tabloid press erupted with indignation. The recent controversy reminds us that during both world wars Australian soldiers and politicians bucked against being subject to the whim of an imperial command whose interests did not always coincide with their own.

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