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Ataturk and Gallipoli – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Anzac, Culture, History, War, WW1

Turkey’s experience as an ally of Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany was disastrous, with one shining exception. To the astonishment of Europe and the world, in 1915 a Turkish force managed to resist and then repel British-led invaders whose battle plan had been drawn up by no less a personage than First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. The battle was fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula overlooking the crucial Dardanelles strait, which the Allies needed to capture if they hoped to control Istanbul and the Black Sea beyond. In fierce fighting that lasted eight months and cost tens of thousands of lives, Turkish soldiers managed to hold their peninsula, keep their strait and ultimately overwhelm the Allied expeditionary force. The commander who achieved this, thereby winning the only important Turkish victory of the war, was Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk). Alone among Turkish officers, he emerged from the Great War as a hero.

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