April 26 – Roll of Honour. Irish VC at Gallipopli

Today in 1915, an Irishman won the VC as the Allies land at Gallipoli and two men from Londonderry died. The objective was to seize Istanbul and knock Turkey out of the war. Resistance is heavy and the invaders fail to advance more than a few hundred yards. 58,000 British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers died in the nine-month campaign. WW2 Roll today reflects conflict in Greece, Italy, and Germany where in 1945 the Royal Ulster Rifles were at the sharp end.


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