Anzac Cove the sight of the battle of gallipoli
In the history classes in Denmark you hear about the First World War. When it comes to the battles you are always told about the big battles that took place in the trenches on the western front. The battles of Ypres, Somme and Verdun are all well know and included in any history book on World War I. Then you carry on hearing about what happened on the Eastern front the battle between Germany and Russia in the lead up to the Russian revolution.
What is hardly ever told is the story about the battle in Mediterranean area, where the Ottoman Empire took part in the battles against the allies. But there were some big battles no other battle bigger than the battle of Gallipoli.
The beach of the landing
On the one side the Turks with help from the Germans on the other side the French and British and the British Empire forces mainly the Anzac expeditionary corps. The battle plan was simple for the British to take control of the Dardanelles to gain access to the Black Sea and force the Ottomans out of the war. When it came to war the battle started involving half a million troops. Hence it was a big battle - and still virtually unknown in the west. Despite the fact this battle maybe had more influence on post war event than any other single battle during the entire war.
The battle plan was designed by a young and hopeful British minister - named Winston Churchill. He nearly had his carrier destroyed as a result of the failure. On the Turkish side the troops were led by a young colonel Mustafa Kemal who turned out to be a brilliant commander and got to be the founder of modern Turkey earning the name Ataturk father of the Turks.
Without the battle of Gallipoli it is uncertain whether or not he would have been able to rise to power and modernise Turkey.
One more of the beaches for the landing
In Australia you see monuments from Anzac corps everywhere. This big battle clearly help define the young nation giving it a common ground to unit the different states. As a Dane I like the fact that also the Australians take pride in celebrating there defeats - an old Danish tradition since nobody can remember the last time we won a battle in any war - I think it was in 1850 at the Battle of Isted and the Germans even stole our victory monument and put it in Berlin.
The battle is located in a nice hilly area with a lot of pine trees growing all over the place.
Today it has got several graveyards spread all over with the many casualties of the battle. The British and Anzac graves are all carefully maintain by the British.
Lone Pine and the main graveyard.
In the peace full area the main monument is situated around Lone Pine a single pine tree. The Lone Pine was used as an indicator for the Anzac corps to mark the landing spot for the invasion. Of course during the fighting the tree were shoot to pieces and the present one is planted by a seed from the original tree that stood on that spot.
The whole area is a place where you can have time to consider the past and the meaningless loss of life through the wars of the 20th century in Europe.
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The battle of Gallipoli
During World War I most of the famous battles took place on the western front in France. But one important battle took place far from France - in the … read entire review