Gallipoli Travel Guide

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Gallipoli is a well known part of Turkey for most New Zealanders, Australians and of course Turks as one of the bloodiest battlegrounds of the First World War in these parts. Many soldiers on both sides were killed here in a series of battles but reading the history of these days you learn that there was also great respect for those fighters on the other side. Now days it is a memorial to those killed and includes a wonderful headstone with words from Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Each ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) Day, April 25th, a dawn parade is held here to remember those who died.

The Gallipoli campaign gave an important boost to the career of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a little-known, low-ranking army officer whose success at Gallipoli made him a national hero. He was promoted to Pasha and, with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, became the founder of the modern Turkish state with the title Atatürk, the Father of Turkey.

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