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|This is the site where the ANZAC forces were supposed to land, but due to a current,|
they landed upcoast at a very difficult place to pass. What would have happened
had they made it to the right spot?
|The ANZAC cove where the forces actually landed. Not very welcoming.|
While this battle is clearly significant for Turkey, it is also very significant for the people of Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC day - April 25 - is celebrated annually with thousands of Aussies and Kiwis making a pilgrimmage to the ANZAC cove where so many soldiers lost their lives. As one of our fellow travelers explained, this battle and the ANZAC forces involvement was so significant as it is what helped bring these two newly formed countries together to fight and unify towards a common goal. As the movie Gallipoli illustrated, fighting in the war was marketed as a wonderful adventure, so many young men readily volunteered to go fight for their country not knowing what they were really getting into.
|One of the cemetaries|
|Lone Pine memorial|
|View out along the coast from Lone Pine|
|Walking through the trenches with Mr. G (our guide)|
|Turkish flag on the boat to Çanakkale|
|View from our hotel|
|Smoking apple nargile (hookah) - apple|
|Fellow travelers and our driver and guide|
|Great ashtray in our hotel!|
Don't smoke! But if you do, put it out here...