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  GALLIPOLI PENINSULA

 

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LONE PINE CEMETERY

Gallipoli Peninsula is a sort of pilgrimage place especially for the  Australians, the New Zealanders and the Turks.It is accepted as the birth place of Australian and New Zealand  nationhood.Many British,Australian ,New Zealander and Turkish visitors visit this moving place.

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CHUNUK BAIR

The first World War broke out ,and the Allies forced their way to get through the Dardanelles to help Russia with the strongest navy of its time. They were stopped on 18 March 1915 by the Turks.Later British troops, French troops,the Australian and New Zealander Army Corps(ANZACS)  landed on Gallipoli Peninsula .Many men were lost from both sides during the Gallipoli  Campaign which lasted about 8 months. MUSTAFA KEMAL ,who was a senior commander at the beginning of the campaign and  later shouldered all the responsibility ,  defended  the peninsula .

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SHARAPNEL VALLEY 2000

‘WAR IS A CRIME UNLES THE LIFE OF A NATION IS IN DANGER ’  This is what  Kemal always believed. He was against war  but the life of his nation was in danger and he ordered  his soldiers to die for their country .Thousands of them died .

‘THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT OTHER MAY LIVE IN PEACE’ reads  one of the Anzac ‘s epitaph.What a fitting epitaph to the Turkish soldiers.Hadn’t they already become friends even during the war? Hadn’t they thrown tobaco,bully beef cans,rasınes  etc..to each other from one trench to another?

If you ever  decide to come to Gallipoli Peninsula get in touch with us. Let us talk about this friendship as we take you to Cape helles ,Brighton beach,Anzac Cove,Arıburnu,Lone pine, the comunication trenches and tunels,NEK ,Chunuk Bair and so on....

Let us read  M.KEMAL ATATURK’s epitaph together.

 
  "THOSE HEROES THAT SHED THEIR BLOOD
AND LOST THEIR LIVES...
 YOU ARE NOW LYING IN THE SOIL OF A FRIENDLY COUNTRY.
THEREFORE REST IN PEACE,
THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JOHNNIES AND THE MEHMETS TO US WHERE THEY LIE SIDE BY SIDE
HERE IN THIS COUNTRY OF OURS...
 YOU, THE MOTHERS,
 WHO SENT THEIR SONS FROM FAR AWAY COUNTRIES,
 WIPE AWAY YOUR TEARS;
YOUR SONS ARE NOW LYING IN OUR BOSOM
AND ARE IN PEACE.
 AFTER HAVING LOST THEIR LIVES ON THIS LAND
 THEY HAVE BECOME OUR SONS AS WELL."            
 
(ATATURK, 1934)

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