Towards the end of our time in Turkey in September 2013, we visited the Gallipoli peninsula, the site where thousands of soldiers, mainly Australian, New Zealander and Turkish, lost their lives in the battle of the same name during World War One.
The eight month-long battle of Gallipoli was one of the worst Allied failures. Due to the high number of Australian and New Zealand soldiers, the 25th of April, date of the Allied landing in Gallipoli, has now become ANZAC Day down under, a major holiday which commemorates those who lost their lives.
The entire area of Gallipoli is full of reminders of the war, and has been turned into a sort of war memorial, with multiple WWI cemeteries – the most notable being Lone Pine, statues depicting soldiers,various other monuments, and some of the original trenches.
It’s important to note that, while the Allied lost the battle, many Turkish soldiers also lost their lives, and a cemetery and memorial in Gallipoli is designated specifically to the memory of these Turkish soldiers.