Australians have repeated the words “Lest we forget” to commemorate the end of world war one, 100 years ago, but still have little idea what they are lesting to forget.

“Um, why were we even fighting in world war one?” asks Aussie citizen Merrick Gray.

“Heroes were fighting against evil people, right?”

The population has forgotten that the battle of Gallipoli in WW1 was part of the British Empire’s strategy of obtaining new colonies from the Ottoman Empire.

The strategy to attack the Turkish peninsula was an ill-devised plan by the British War Council to conquer Istanbul – the capital of the Ottoman Empire – to divert German forces from the Western Front, and secure the Black Sea for allied navies.

“Wouldn’t surprise me if we weren’t even fighting against people, they were probably monsters,” says Gray.

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