Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of Turkish battle

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The sun sets as seen from the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the night before Anzac Day commemoration events. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The sun sets as seen from the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the night before Anzac Day commemoration events. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Thousands of Australians have gathered at pre-dawn services around the country to commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I.

Because extremists have targeted annual ANZAC Day April 25 ceremonies in the past, concrete barriers were placed around the service in downtown Sydney to protect those who gathered at Martin Place against vehicle attacks.

People look at a Gallipoli monument of WWI Turkish soldiers at the coastal town of Eceabat in Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
People look at a Gallipoli monument of WWI Turkish soldiers at the coastal town of Eceabat in Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand, practices the wreath-laying ceremony, ahead of the April 25 commemoration at the Helles Memorial, in the Gallipoli peninsula, near Canakkale, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand, practices the wreath-laying ceremony, ahead of the April 25 commemoration at the Helles Memorial, in the Gallipoli peninsula, near Canakkale, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Australian Colonel Scott Clingan, right, escorts French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy Turnbull at the military cemetery before they visit the Sir John Monash Centre on the eve of ANZAC
Australian Colonel Scott Clingan, right, escorts French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy Turnbull at the military cemetery before they visit the Sir John Monash Centre on the eve of ANZAC

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, will mark ANZAC Day in France with a service that also commemorates the 100th anniversary of Australian troops taking the town of Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton represents the Australian government at a service at ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli where the Australian and New Zealand troops landed under British command in an ill-fated attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

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