A PC push by British politicians is threatening to downplay the role of Aussie diggers in WW1 in favour of developing nations.
The ANZAC whitewash comes despite the 62,000 Australians who died in the Great War fighting for the British Empire and another 156,000 wounded, with no 100-year anniversary events planned by Britain recognising the sacrifice.
News Corp Australia has learned in a blatant politicising of the anniversary, Whitehall officials in London have been briefed to push the efforts by the so-called "New Commonwealth" nations in a bid to win political and economic favour in multicultural Britain.
British government sources have confirmed internal briefings on WWI commemorations have not mentioned Australia or New Zealand once, instead staff from departments and cabinet offices have been briefed to concentrate on other British Empire contributions by soldiers from countries such as Nigeria and other dominions in West Africa, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The "new Commonwealth" is a British term to describe predominantly non-white and developing decolonised countries and is often used in debates on immigration.
"It's basically to remind Britons the First World War wasn't just soldiers from here fighting in France and Belgium but involved people from Lagos, Kingston and the Punjab," a government insider said.
The British Department For Culture, Media and Sport, tasked with WWI anniversary events, confirmed there were no plans to have any specific events recognising Australia's contribution to the British Empire's cause.
British author and commentator Murray Rowlands said it was a disgrace Australian and New Zealanders were being ignored.
"There is nothing in (British Prime Minister) David Cameron's program of commemoration that mentions these countries," he said.
"The British pretty much lost the war in July 1918, they were in retreat and it was
Australia's Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian High Commission in London are planning a series of Australian-specific events in the UK this year and next year, the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.
news.com.au 9 Jan 2014