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On our great adventure

Gallipoli….

Leaving our Istanbul hotel after breakfast we made our way down to the Gallipoli peninsula ..
The country side was very rural and beautiful, with lots of sun flower fields on both sides of the road..

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Gypsies making camp…

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We reached the town of Gallipoli and rode down to the waterfront and were greeted by a submarine sticking out of the ground as a monument..

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Lots of war artefacts around the monument as well…

There was a cafe opposite and we went in and had another cold drink and use the free wifi to do some research on where to stay, Anzac Cove was the main area we wanted to visit and that was about 40km away, we had the mis-conception that the town of Gallipoli was closer to the Anzac’s memorials and the battle grounds….

The slender peninsula that forms the northwestern side of the Dardanelles, across the water from the town of Çanakkale, is called Gallipoli…
For a millennium it has been the key to İstanbul – the navy that could force the straits had a good chance of capturing the capital of the Eastern European world…..

We found out that if we made our way to the town of Escabat, basing ourselves there, so we could explore the peninsular and Anzac cove….

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A stunning display monument on how close the trench warfare was fought…Just a few feet away from each other!

The World War 1 battle for control of the Dardanelles (Hellespont) strait was fought mainly on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula, with appalling casualties, about 100,000 were killed and 400,000 wounded during the nine-month campaign (1915-1916).
The British navy wanted very much to get its battleships through the Dardanelles and attack Constantinople to knock the Ottoman Empire, an ally of the Central Powers, out of World War 1.

We found and booked into a very nice, modern hotel which had good views of the water it also had quite fast wifi plus was within our budget…

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Once settled we went into town and had dinner, i had a turkish meal of meat and yogurt which was delicious, as it was windy and cold we decided to have a hot chocolate which turned out to be best hot chocolate drink of the trip….no beer for us tonight!
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Over dinner we made plans for the next day to go exploring down the peninsula and took a packed lunch…

First stop was down to Anzac Cove…

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Anzac Cove was within 1 kilometre of the front-line, well within the range of Turkish artillery though spurs from the high ground of Plugge’s Plateau.
The beach itself became an enormous supply dump and two field hospitals were established, one at either end.

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Despite the shelling and Turkish snipers, Anzac Cove was a popular swimming beach for the soldiers — at ANZAC it was a struggle to supply sufficient water for drinking and there was rarely any available for washing. Most soldiers disregarded all but the fiercest shelling rather than interrupt the one luxury available to them.

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On Anzac Day in 1985, the name “Anzac Cove” was officially recognised by the Turkish government. The Anzac Day dawn service was held at Ari Burnu Cemetery within the cove until 1999 when the number of people attending outgrew the site.

It really is a beautiful spot and its very hard to believe what went on here. All along the beach road there are memorials to the fallen Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) soldiers in very well kept and serene cemeteries…

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We then rode up a brand new road all the way to the top of the hill, where the fiercest fighting took place….

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Their was evidence of warfare trenches everywhere…

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We reached the Lone pine memorial and wandered around the headstones of the soldiers.
The Battle of Lone Pine, known in Turkish as the Battle of Kanlý Sýrt, was a battle between Australian and Turkish forces that took place during the Gallipoli campaign from 6–10 August 1915. The battle flield was named for a single Turkish pine tree that grew there prior to the war.

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The site is now occupied by the Lone Pine cemetery… today the Lone Pine Memorial commemorates all the Australian and some of the New Zealand ‘missing’ at Gallipoli, including those who have no known grave and those buried at sea.

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A pine tree was planted in 1920 as a symbol of the original tree.
The original solitary tree didn’t survive the battle but pine cones were collected by at least two Australian soldiers and the seeds planted.
Descendent’s of the original Lone Pine tree have now been planted around Australia and New Zealand. There was also pine tree growing slightly away from the cemetery which is said to have been a seedling from one of these trees.

We then rode further up the hill and visited the Turkish memorials, so many graves it was very moving…

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Its hard to believe such a beautiful place was once a hell hole for so many and it was hard to take in what went on here, but we came upon this inscription on a monument and it really sums it up the emotions we felt…

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We rode back thinking what of waste of all those who were lost, Father’s, Brothers, Uncles and Sons, but very grateful of the sacrifice they made…

We rode back to town and out to a old ship loading wall and had a late picnic lunch and soaked up some sunshine…

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Tomorrow we would be leaving Turkey and entering another country…Bulgaria…

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3 thoughts on “Gallipoli….

  1. Rachel on said:

    Wow that inscription is very moving, I can’t imagine ever having to send my boys off to war. Those men and women made great sacrifices so we could have a better life.
    Stunning colour of the water, the pics I’m sure don’t do it justice.

  2. Great that you got to Gallipoli. I’d like to visit one day to also pay my respects.

    Lest we forget.

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