Çanakkale // Gallipoli


At breakfast, we were informed that the day would include a 6-hour busride to Izmir. The day did end up including this 6-hour busride, but the first part of our day involved taking a ferry across the Dardanelles to the Gallipoli peninsula of World War I fame. British and colonial forces attempted to capture Constantinople (it wasn’t Istanbul yet, since the Ottoman Empire hadn’t fallen) and to secure a route that would enable them to relieve their Russian allies, but by the strength, perseverance, and bravery of the Ottoman soldiers from all around the Empire, the enemy forces were defeated. The Gallipoli campaign corresponded to the rise of Ataturk, who rose to military prominence and gained attention as a national hero for his role in the war.

The size of the memorials and the force of the museum we visited were impressive – the museum involved an 11-room video reenactment…

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