WW2- Task 7

12 03 2014

Hi Guys,

Task 7 asked you to:

Reflect on the experiences of the Australians in Kokoda and what you know about the Anzac legend and write a paragraph to answer the following question:

“How did the behaviour of the Australians soldiers on the Kokoda trail help to foster the ANZAC legend?”

Think back to what you learnt about the creation of the ANZAC legend in WW1. What attributes were the ANZAC’s renown for in WW1 how did the Australian soldiers on the Kokoda trail epitomize these qualities?

Remember your paragraph doesn’t need to be a page in length. Your insight and understanding are more important to me than a page of waffle. Get straight to the point- restate the focus question in the topic sentence and then elaborate from there.

Draft your answer in a word document first and then once you are happy with the final product leave your response here in a comment. I have provided a sample comment to a similar styled question in the comments to help you.

Good luck!

:) Ms C


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11 responses to “WW2- Task 7”

    12 03 2014
      Ms Clark (18:29:33) :     Reply

    SAMPLE Response:
    “How did the behavior of the Australian soldiers at Gallipoli help to create the ANZAC legend?”
    The behaviour of the Australian soldiers at Gallipoli helped to create the ANZAC legend by celebrating qualities like: loyalty, mateship, courage under fire and resourcefulness. At Gallipoli the ‘diggers’ with little or no thought for personal safety followed orders and undertook a frontal assault. Then after taking significant casualties continued to show ‘courage under fire’ digging into the beach and cliff face. They showed resourcefulness by making grenades out of tin cans, loyalty and mateship combined with laconic humour to help them to deal with indescribable horrors and extremely harsh conditions. These characteristics were important because Australia was a young country with no military reputation on a world stage. As a country with an inherent ‘convict stain’ there was lots to prove. The behavior of the diggers effectively changed the perceptions of a nation.

    13 03 2014
      gld2014charlotte (12:45:07) :     Reply

    How did the behaviour of the Australians soldiers on the kokoda trail help to foster the ANZAC legend.More than 600 Australians were killed. The Australians and the few papuan troops who had stayed with them had been forced back to Isurava. The Australians were plagued by supply shortages that increased the difficlties of jungle warfare. Australian soldiers were vastly outnumbered by the Japanese , who suffered losses as a result of harsh conditions on the Kokoda track.

      20 03 2014
        Ms Clark (12:43:49) :     Reply

      Good Charlotte this gives some insight into the conflict but think about the qualities of the diggers: loyalty, bravery, mateship, courage, resourcefulness, etc. Their were lots of similarities between the qualities that the Gallipoli diggers had compared with those shown by the diggers on Kokoda. Can you comment on these?

    27 03 2014
      gld2014daniel (12:56:46) :     Reply

    They have helped fight in the Kokoda trail. They had to walk in the 6 inches of mud, climbing up unstabled and slippery stairs. Their shelters weren’t organized for them once they got there they have to set them up themselves. They had to build a hospital for the wounded. On the 22nd of January the Japanese have surrendered to the Austrlians and six hundred Japanese were taken to the Australian prisions.

      17 05 2014
        Ms Clark (19:58:29) :     Reply

      Some interesting points Daniel but how did all of this reinforce or contribute to the ANZAC legend? Think about the qualities of the diggers at Gallipoli. They showed determination, resilience, perseverance, mateship, loyalty and resourcefulness under extreme conditions how do these qualities apply to the soldiers on the Kokoda track?
      Cheers
      Ms C

    19 05 2014
      patches 10 (13:12:58) :     Reply

    The Australians helped foster the Anzac legend by showing the same attributes as was present at Gallipoli such as a determination, resourcefulness, mateship, and courage.
    They were determined to press on and take Port Moresby; they showed resourcefulness by making weapons out of whatever they could get their hands on, mateship/courage by risking their own lives to save their allies and their country, courage by advancing along the kokoda track while knowing that they were outnumbered, under-equipped and on top of that they were barely trained.

    29 05 2014
      gld2014bec (12:20:00) :     Reply

    The behaviour of the Australian soldiers on the Kokoda trail helped reinforce the ANZAC legend by demonstrating qualities like: courage, strength, bravery and mateship. The Australians showed courage and strength by climbing up the Golden Stairs on the Kokoda trail, with the steep hills, carrying all their stuff behind them. It would have been hard, but they carried on. They showed bravery and mateship by working together to try stopping the Japanese and putting themselves at risk.

    2 06 2014
      gld2014maddison (11:46:36) :     Reply

    “How did the behaviour of the Australians soldiers on the Kokoda trail help to foster the ANZAC legend.”
    The behaviour of the Australian Soldiers at Gallipoli helped reinforce the ANZAC legend by with-holding qualities like; loyalty, braveness, courage, demonstration of mateship, heroism, resourcefulness, sacrifices and honour to their country. The soldiers showed braveness when the ‘diggers’ with no thought of personal safety what so ever, followed orders and undertook a frontal assault, after taking a massive amount of casualties they continued to show their braveness digging into the beach and cliff face. They showed their resourcefulness by making grenades out of tin cans… How Clever!!!!!! They showed loyalty and mateship when undergoing horrible and extremely harsh conditions. These soldiers effectively changed the perceptions of a nation.

    2 06 2014
      Ms Clark (12:35:25) :     Reply

    Maddison This definitely shows their resourcefulness and courage in Gallipoli but the task to comment on how these qualities were evident on the Kokoda Track. There the fighting style was more in line with guerrilla warfare as oppose to the frontal attacks that had previously been the norm.

    5 06 2014
      gld2014linda (12:50:40) :     Reply

    Kokoda became part of the people’s popular history. When it comes to Kokoda fostering the Anzac legend, Just as the soldiers who fought in Gallipoli, the soldiers at Kokoda showed courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice. The Kokoda soldier’s fought hard to push through to Port Moresby and take it in knee high mud while improvising resources, they risked their lives for their friends and country and pushed along the Kokoda track knowing that they were outnumbered for their task and were unaware who or what was going to jump out at them.

      28 06 2014
        Ms Clark (21:48:19) :     Reply

      Good thoughts Linda. There were also a degree of similarity in the lack of training these soldiers had prior to going into battle.

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