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Remembering Gallipoli -90 years on

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  • M-A_19
    Citizen of Tanelorn
    • Mar 2004
    • 206

    Remembering Gallipoli -90 years on

    Today (24th) is the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, that were so disasterous for the commonwealth troops in the first world war

    The commonwealth counted their losses at 214,000 by the time they managed to withdraw, having acheived none of their objectives.

    The defending Turks lost around 300,000.

    It was amazing to see the joint ceremony on the news with all the Turkish and NZ/AUS/UK pagentry, and I was very touched by the tribute to commonwealth soldiers killed at Gallipoli they read out at the memorial ceremony written by Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey in 1934.

    Originally posted by Ataturk
    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land. They have become our sons as well.
    and the sooner those sons are bought home by allowing Turkey to join the EU the better
    \"It got worse. He needed something to cure himself. What? he asked. M-A 19 he answered.\"
  • KenBoorman
    Citizen of Tanelorn
    • Jan 2004
    • 222

    Thank you for posting those words - from an Aussie living in Canada now.

    Ken Boorman
    Purveyor of the Runestaff and Stormbringer Legends