A tribute to ANZAC Day from Turkey

Lest we forget, ANZAC Day,  April 25.

In memory of those who fought the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey.

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Turkish soldiers (the Mehmets) 218,000 casualties (66,000 killed)

Australian soldiers (the Johnnys) – 26,111 casualties (8,141 killed)

New Zealand soldiers – 7571 casualties (2,431 killed)

British soldiers – 119,696 casualties (43,000 killed)

French soldiers – 27,004 casualties (8,000 killed).

May our nations never experience such loss through war again.

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Memories of Gallipoli. Present photos by yours truly.

Anzac Cove

ANZAC Cove 1915, and now.

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 Lone Pine

Lone Pine Australian Cemetery in 1920 (Photo from http://www.anzacsite.gov.au), and now.

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Chanuk Bair

Chunuk Bair in 1915 ( Photo from http://alh-research.tripod.com/), and now with the statue of war hero and the father of modern day Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk , and New Zealand War Memorial.

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 Trenches

The trenches in 1915, and now.

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ANZAC war heroes, Simpson and his Donkey, and Simpson’s memorial today,  Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli.

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Turkish War Memorial, Gallipoli

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The words of Ataturk immortalised in stone above at Gallipoli:

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 now here in this country of ours…

you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway 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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