|The many cemeteries on Gallipoli|
We were fortunate to have Muhammad, a Turkish historian, as our guide for the day. He gave us a very full account of the campaign. This was very sobering and somewhat embarrassing. Sobering, to consider the pointless loss of life of 44,000 British and their allies and 87,000 Ottomans (Turkish) and embarrassing to think that the British and their allies attacked the Ottomans on their own soil. I am not qualified to give an in depth analysis of what happened there, however, there have been many, many books written by historians which recount the lead up to and reasons for the attack on Gallipoli.
|Anzac Cove, Gallipoli|
|Ataturk's inscription at Anzac Cove|
Most of us shed a tear as we read Ataturk's quoted inscription on the Anzac memorial and lay sprigs of rosemary, for remembrance, at it's base. Walking around a New Zealand cemetery we were shocked to see that some New Zealanders lost their lives at only 16 years of age. We later visited the Australian cemetery at Lone Pine. The youngest Australian casualty was even younger at 14. They were just boys.
"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."
|Inspecting the graves in a New Zealand cemetery|
|I'm on the left, with my friend, Hilary at Anzac Cove|
|Our guide in what is left of the trenches. There are a few trenches |
which have been dug out and restored to their original depth