The 1936 ANZAC
stamps were the first New
Zealand stamps to commemorate the Gallipoli campaign. In 1958 the New
Zealand Returned Services Association suggested that the Post Office issue
stamps to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the landing of Anzac
troops on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey on the 25th of April 1915. Both
stamps in this issue show Anzac Cove where the troops landed.
plan had been to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), however the landing
troops had to fight their way up steep cliffs against heavy opposition
which was waiting for them. Throughout the campaign, Anzac Cove was within
a kilometre of the front-line and was well within the range of Turkish
Over two thousand New Zealand soldiers died during the
campaign and close to five thousand were wounded. After several months the
campaign was abandoned and the overnight evacuation of all remaining troops
without a single fatality was the one bright note to the tragic campaign
which quickly became a symbol of New Zealand and Australia's war
Both New Zealand and Australia have a national holiday
(Anzac day) on the 25th of April to remember those troops who died at
Gallipoli and in active service since then. On Anzac Day in 1985, the name
"Anzac Cove" was officially recognised by the Turkish government
and the memorial there is a sombre reminder of the thousands of lost
"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their
livesâ€¦ you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore
rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets
where they lie side by side here in this country of oursâ€¦ You the
mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears.
Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their
lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
different ANZAC first day cover envelopes were issued featuring a green and
red or blue and red design as shown.