Fallen soldiers of Battle of Canakkale remembered in Gallipoli

Turkish soldiers and those of other countries who were killed in Gallipoli during the Battle of Canakkale also commonly referred to as the Gallipoli or Dardanelles Campaign — of World War I were commemorated with an international ceremony held on April 24 to mark the 99th anniversary of the campaign. The representatives of 32 countries were among the thousands of attendees of the ceremony, which was held in front of the Canakkale Martyrs’ Memorial located in a historical national park on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Among the attendees of the ceremony were Minister of National Defense Ismet Yilmaz, Canakkale Governor Ahmet Cinar, 1st Army Cdr. Gen. Ahmet Turmus, New Zealand’s Governor-General sir Jerry Mateparae, Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael John Clyde Ronaldson and National Coalition for syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Prime Minister Ahmad Tomeh.

Representatives of countries such as

Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, senegal, sudan, and Tunisia also attended the ceremony.

The ceremony started with Yilmaz laying a wreath in front of a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The attendees then stood in silence for the fallen soldiers.

The campaign took place on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula from April 1915 to January 1916, during World War I. A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul and secure a sea route to Russia. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops formed the backbone of a 200,000-man British-led army that landed at Gallipoli. The attempt failed with heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. Nearly 1 million soldiers fought in the trenches at Gallipoli. The allies recorded 55,000 killed in fighting, with 10,000 missing and 21,000 deaths from disease. Turkish casualties were estimated at around 250,000.