Çanakkale Savaşlarının 100’üncü Yıl Dönümü Anma Törenleri-Anzak Şafak Ayini

Mustafa Levent Bilgen 25.04.2015

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel, Abu Dhabi

"There was a constant traffic of gifts in the trenches, the Turks throwing over grapes and sweets, the Allied soldiers responding with tinned food and cigarettes...

It became an accepted practice to wave a "wash-out" to a sniper who missed: there would be the sudden crack of a rifle, the bullet screaming past the Turk's head, then the laugh from the enemy trench...

Once or twice private duels were fought. While the rest of the soldiers on both sides held their fire an Australian and a Turk would stand up on the parapets and blaze away at one another until one or the other was wounded or killed, and something seemed to be proved - their skill, their wish to dare, perhaps most of all their pride.

Then in a moment all would dissolve into the horror and frenzy of a raid or a setpiece battle, the inhuman berserk killing..."

Alan Moorehead wrote in 1956, in his book entitled "Gallipoli."

ANZAC soldier Robert Horton described his experience through these words:

“I saw the Turks in close distance during the cease-fire. We buried our dead comrades together.

We exchanged cigarettes. They looked like us. One of them offered us water, a most valued commodity under the terrible heat.

What were we doing in the land of such brave and heroic people?

After that incident, I could not shoot at the Turks.”

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At this Dawn Service, we observe the centenary of the start of the Land Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign. We have also gathered here to reflect on our common suffering during the First World War.

At the memorials and cemeteries in the Gallipoli Peninsula this morning, leaders, military and public officials as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have come together in the thousands to remember their fallen.

Through this solemn ceremony, we also honour each and every one of our countrymen who braved the catastrophe of war in that campaign.

We respect their valor and patriotism.
We recognize their idealism and devotion.
We are indebted for their ultimate sacrifice.

It is rare in history that major battles lay a similar foundation for nationhood for the opposing sides.

It was the Gallipoli Campaign that bore immense national and personal significance to the Australians and New Zealanders.

It was the Gallipoli Campaign that sparked the critical process of bringing together our nation that eventually led to the birth of today’s modern Turkey.

The Campaign exacted a heavy toll for the Turks. In the exhaustive, bitter and hard fought naval operations and land battles, casualties recorded at over 250K on the Turkish side. In 1915, no university or high school in Istanbul generated any graduates.

Epic battles produce celebrated stories of sacrifice and heroism.

We hereby remember the 57th Infantry Regiment. They were the frontline defenders against the ANZACs at the landing site at Ariburnu, later to be referred as Anzac Cove.

On April 25, 1915, the commander of the regiment was Staff Lt. Col. Mustafa Kemal who changed the fate of the Turkish people at the trenches when he addressed his soldiers with the words:
“Men, I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die. In the time that it takes us to die, other forces and commanders can come and take our place.”

Almost all in the 57th Infantry Regiment perished within a few days…

Their martyrdom is sacred to us, and as a sign of respect there is no 57th Regiment in the modern Turkish Army.

As a defining moment in our history, the Battles of Gallipoli consolidated the notions of pride, freedom and nationhood. They also excelled the legendary rise of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

He was an outstanding commander, a brilliant military strategist and a visionary statesman. As the founder of our Rebuplic and as its first President, Atatürk engraved the following in the annals of our common history:

“Those heroes who 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 in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away 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 become our sons as well.”
Touched by the gentleness of Atatürk’s message, the mother of a deceased Australian soldier wrote a letter thanking him; and I quote-

“The warmth of your words eased our sorrow for our sons who vanished in Gallipoli, and our tears ended.

Your words are a consolation to me as a mother.

Now we are sure that our sons rest in peace in their eternal rest. If Your Excellency accepts, we would like to call you ‘Ata’, too.”


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It is this understanding that uniquely bonds us today.

It is this embrace that nurtures our exemplary friendship.

It is this spirit that endorses Atatürk’s famous dictum:

“Peace at Home, Peace in the World.”

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