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ANZAC & Diggers

23 May 2013 Salisbury Professionals 0 Comment


The word Anzac was not coined by Australians nor even in this country. Moreover it was not an official army contraction.

On Christmas Eve 1914 General Birdwood, Commander of an Army Corps of Aussie and Kiwi forces forwarded to the then Major Generals of each country his proposals for forming the combined troops. He agreed to accept their wishes on the naming of the force, which they called the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The first       stationery of the corps bore the heading A and NZ Army Corps. Early in January 1915, Major C.M.Wagstaff of General Birdwood’s operations staff walked into the Cairo headquarters and told the clerks he was looking for a brief code-word for the new corps. One of the clerks said “What about ANZAC?” Slowly the term began to be used in Australian and overseas newspapers and one of the great terms of military history was born.


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