Dave Norman | The Silent Anzac

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The Silent Anzac

by Dave Norman

In honour and recognition of the bravery of all those who were involved in the first World War 'the war to end all wars', if only that was true.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. The Silent Anzac (feat. Phil Emmanuel)
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The song 'The Silent ANZAC' was written to commemorate the hundred years anniversary of the start of the First World War. It's a tale of the AE2 an Australian submarine which took part in the Galipoli campaign and the bravery of the men who served on her. The AE2 managed to 'do the impossible' and was the first submarine to successfully penetrate the Dardanelles waterway and enter the Sea of Marmara. With orders to "run amok" inside Turkish territory, the AE2 operated for five days before mechanical faults forced her to the surface, where she was damaged by the torpedo boat Sultanhisar. The submarine was scuttled by her crew, all of whom were captured and spent the rest of the war as prisoners of war. Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Dacre Stoker, DSO, went on to become a stage and screen actor at the end of the war, commonly credited in films as H. G. Stoker or Dacre Stoker.
The song was recorded at the Gavin Hamburger Studios near Noosa, Queensland and legendary Australian guitarist Phil Emmanuel along with Robert Martin played guitars made from the wood of RMS Olympic (lovingly known as 'Old Reiable'), a sister ship of the Titanic and a troop carrier during the war.
The song was sponsored through a Moreton Bay Regional Council grant and a copy was given to the grand daughter of one of the sailors who served on the AE2. Apparently her grandfather didn't talk about the campaign preferring to talk about the generosity of the Turkish people who would give them bread, cheese and olives.
There's is a truly remarkable tale and one worth reading. A commemoration to the AE2 stands in the Ruth Whitfield Memorial Park, Anzac Avenue, Kallangur.



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