Anzac reflections — why Gallipoli was a tragedy of errors

Keith Westwater
5 min readMay 5, 2024

I live not far from an Army base at the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island — Trentham Military Camp. It was the staging post for many of our country’s deployments of troops to World War One’s battlefields, a hemisphere away.

The First World War is still an enigma to me, confined to the kitbag of inexplicable matters, alongside why men have nipples. (The…

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Keith Westwater

Writer of personal essays, poems, wine stories. Published memoirist and poet (5 books). Master of Letters (CQU, Australia). Lives in Wellington, New Zealand.