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The Battle of Gallipoli Begins

The Battle of Gallipoli took place on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli during World War I. It was initiated by the Allies to open a Black Sea supply route to Russia and capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. The Allied navy arrived at Gallipoli in February 1915 but did not get sufficient land support for two months, giving the Turkish army ample time to reinforce its troops. After months of fighting, the Allied forces withdrew in January 1916. What had caused the Allied army's delay? More...
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WWI was trench warfare that was so horrific it is unimaginable
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striker wrote:
WWI was trench warfare that was so horrific it is unimaginable

Think All warfare is horrific!... An insane military maniac (for he/she judges who is to live and who is to die) pushing a button from his comfy armchair, and destroying people in distant land... more than horrific.. hideous!!! Dismantle the military! The Pacifists have been threatened by the military for thousands of years, but the Pacifists do not want to kill the military personnel, but just to have them abandon hideous jobs, and take up moral and humane jobs...
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I think, certain Carthage must be destroyed, which is the mother of all earthly evils.
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I find it absolute amazing how we as humans love to bread and love to kill other living things. I do believe that an epidemic that would rid the earth of the vast majority of "humans" would truly be considered a "god-send". Though I do not believe in the childish foolishness of god or the gods; I marvel at how so many of those really sick minds can condone their atrocities' in the name of their gods. What a bunch of really sick bastards...... Anyway here is just another example of the rank stupidity of the human animal; yes, the only one that "kills for sport".
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[Location of one of three cemeteries at Gallipoli,] Shrapnel Valley (sometimes called Shrapnel Gully) got its name in the early days after the landing. As the Turks realised that this had become the highway to the front their guns rained shrapnel shells down upon this area. These shells made a particular whistle before they burst showering those below with lethal pellets. It was said that as the shells could be heard coming soldiers passing through the valley had the chance to take cover. Confronted with such danger, Bean wrote that men became ‘fatalists’ and thought that a particular shell had a man’s name and number on it! – ‘Until that shell arrived, it was best to let others see them going proudly rather than flinching’.

Tens of thousands of allied soldiers died at Gallipoli. When Christians, Jews or Indian Muslims died, they were buried, whenever possible either in cemeteries or isolated graves behind the front lines. If they died in battle, they were often left where they died as it was too dangerous to collect their bodies. In one instance, in May, an armistice was organised to bury the dead in no man’s land. These men were generally buried in mass graves in old trenches or ditches. Men who died on hospital ships were buried at sea. Sikhs and Gurkhas were often cremated.

The campaign was the first major military action of Australia and New Zealand as independent dominions, and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in those nations. The date of the landing, 25 April, is known as "Anzac Day". It remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in Australia and New Zealand.
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Every Aussie & Kiwi know the story of Gallipoli well. For Australia, this was a defining moment in terms of our national identity. 25 April, 1915 was the day the ANZACs (Australia & New Zealand Army Corps) landed in Gallipoli. I remember hearing on the news when the last ANZAC died, only a few years ago. Many Aussies travel to Gallipoli, Turkey as a pilgrimage every ANZAC Day. This year marks the centenary. There have been a lot of plans made for this year's ANZAC day to commemorate the centenary.
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Finally, in a remarkable spirit of reconciliation that brings the Gallipoli story to a conclusion is the following post-war message from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, now inscribed on a large monument at ANZAC Cove, in answer to the pressing requests of the parents of ANZAC soldiers who wanted the remains of their sons to be shipped home for burial.

"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in 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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