Saturday, 18 October 2014

Anzac Cove

One of the more poignant places we visited in Turkey was Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsular.

This was the site of the landing by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in April 1915 during the First World War.

So peaceful now, the area saw the deaths of hundreds of young men during the battles that raged there.

One of the gravestones comemmorates a young lad of just 16 years old.  He would have lied about his age to go on the "great adventure" the Australian recruiting campaign promised.  Some adventure.

The Australian & New Zealand graves.

The main memorial.

 Statue showing a Turkish soldier carrying a wounded Anzac soldier.

The lone pine memorial - a remarkable story.  Apparently a pine cone was taken from Turkey to Australia at the end of the war and planted.  A cone from one of the trees that grew was apparently taken back to Turkey, and planted there.  This is said to be that tree.  It serves as a memorial to the British servicemen with no known grave.

 Photos of the Turkish cemetery.

I can think of no better way to end this post than with the words of Turkish leader Ataturk, recorded on the plaque above:

"Those heroes that shed their blood, and lost their 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."

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