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A Turkish soldier helps his enemy soldier

A Turkish soldier helps his enemy soldier

Sezgin Aytuna

The World-I  battlefields known as Gallipoli are just 15 kms  West of  Canakkale. It is located on  the European site of Turkey where as Çanakkale is being on the Asia site. Gallipoli  is also a town name 40km  East  of the battlefield and it is called Gelibolu in Turkish  where the name is originated.

It was here for eight and a half months in 1915   soldiers  from every corner of the planet fought, mainy from SE Asia,   against the Turks in an effort to open the Dardanelles for their war ships.  But Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and  his army defeded the Western  allies very badly  and they could not able pass the  channel.  This war is also called gentlemes' war; being very long  and  very close fights, the trenches only 10 meters apart from each others.

A visit to the battlefields, the cemetaries  and the museum  has become a "must do" pilgrimage for Australians and New Zealanders visiting Turkey. Daily tours of the battelfields operate from Çanakkale. The best time to visit in April 25th where all the people gather and remember that most bloody war of the human kind.  A total of 250,000 soldier  lost their lifes.

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