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Published: November 7th 2006
When the Allied troops landed on 25th April 1915, they only met resistance from 160 Turkish soldiers. Luckily (or was it planned?) they didn't land further south at Brighton Beach where over 2000 soldiers were waiting.
I vaguely recall studying WWI in school. But it's not until you come to Gallipoli that you get a true appreciation for what the Aussies, Kiwis, Brits and other Allied troops fought for.
It was an overwhelming experience to wander the battlefields and memorials, and reflect on the horrendous loss of life. And to thınk it may have been averted if the Brits hadn't reneged on delivering 2 battleships to the Turks!
Our guide was really great and went through the history and sequence of events plus lots of stories. It was interesting to also visit the Turkish memorials, as this was when Ataturk (national hero and past president) came into his own. There certainly seemed to be a lot of respect between the 2 sides.
May we always remember those who fought on these faraway shores. RIP.
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