|The WWI site of Gallipoli constituted the beginning of our trip. We visited both the British and the ANZAC areas. As best as I can tell it, the British, fighting the Turks and the Germans, called upon their commonwealth allies to enter the war. Thousands of Aussies, Kiwis, and even Newfies (Newfoundlanders), responded to the call and fought at ANZAC cove as a way to divert attention and resources from the British front. Fighting from the trenches, all sides lost thousands of young men during that time. Stories arose of Turkish soldiers carrying Aussie soldiers back to their side to be helped (thus the statue). Ultimately, the Turkish commander of Mustafa Kemal, now remembered as Ataturk, emerged victorious and repelled the invading armies. He later went on to commandeer the fight for independence and succeeded in establishing Turkey as an independent country. Therefore, the Turks also commemorate this site as the birthplace of their modern-day nation.
This moving inscription on a memorial here has been attributed to 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 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."