It is recognition of the distinctly Australian qualities, bravery, mateship, disrespect for authority and physical prowess, that was epitomised in the Gallipoli, and at select other events in Australian history since. It has acquired legendary status over the years, and many of the original truths have been warped into a more heroic tale, but the truth remains that during and since the Gallipoli campaign, Australians have carried the ANZAC spirit and lived up to what it stands for. It is extraordinary men doing amazing things in the face of adversity, and how this has influenced future Australians to do the same.
The Australians that originally landed at Gallipoli were above average for the population at the time, they were not an accurate portrayal of the ordinary Australian male.
The original ANZAC forces were of the finest physical condition of the time. Enlistment requirements stated that a height of 5' 6aE was necessary to be allowed to join up with the first batch of enlistees. This is below the current average however in the early nineteen hundreds the average male height was as low as 5' 2aE, it made for a tall, statuesque force. A chest width of 34aE meant