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2nd April 1915




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A ruined building in Cairo's Wagh-el-Bukh district, the result of a riot by Australian and New Zealand servicemen in Egypt. The riot, known as the Battle of the Wazza was started in the brothel district. After four months of solid training and advice they would soon be going to the Front, only a quarter of men were granted leave around Good Friday of 1915. A build up of resentment over a variety of issues, including robberies, overpriced liquor, and the high incidence of venereal disease, resulted in the riot.




For more information about Australia in World War I







Diary of an ANZAC soldier. A WWI diary found in 2022. One man's story, told 108 years later.

Lest we forget.

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