TFB friend Cameron Slater from New Zealand emailed us photos he took at the 100 year commemoration ceremony of the WWI ANZAC military campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The ceremony was held earlier this year in Turkey where the campaign was fought. About 100,000 soldiers died and 400,000 were wounded during the bloody campaign, with casualties split about evenly between both sides.


A number of years later, the President and founding father of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was a Ottoman commander in Gallipoli wrote this famous tribute to the foreign troops who lost their lives in Gallipoli …

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.


  • MountainKelly

    A touching tribute from a vicious conflict

  • baris

    as known as the gentelmans war. one of the fierce fronts of 1st WW. So many educated good souls lost.

  • Grindstone50k

    What a waste. But very moving words from Mr. Atatürk.

  • RICH

    Each and every war is such a tragedy….. weather it is right or wrong ! ! !
    My prayers for all of the lives lost…..

  • FarmerB

    Been the Gallipoli twice – back in the 80’s though – sobering place. I took two pebble off the (invasion) beaches there, and have at least one of them with me wherever I have been since (a lot of places) over the last 28 years.

  • Squirreltakular

    I never realized how abjectly horrifying WWI was until I listened to Dan Carlin’s podcast, Hardcore History. If more people knew the details of how inhumane we were to each other, I can’t help but feel we’d be more compelled to change.

    Very good speech, by the way.

    • FarmerB

      Yeah, I’ve listened to all of it, three times. Download it. Amazing.

  • simon

    the casualty’s are far from even, it was basically Australia and New Zealands Vietnam although the Turks suffered 2-3 times more deaths then the Anzac’s in the invasion

    • Scrumward bound

      It’s an interesting perception that the majority of casualties on the Allies’ part were ANZAC troops and it’s often quoted like that, but the reality is a little different. There were about 74,000 British and Irish casualties, while Australia suffered a little over 28,000 killed or wounded and New Zealand around 8,000. Horrific numbers nevertheless, but Britain and France (27,000 casualties) made up the majority of casualties. Though, as a percentage of population, the ANZAC nations’ casualties are far higher.

      • FarmerB

        Is that counting Indian troops as British?

  • Tassiebush

    A great, great uncle in my wife’s family was there from the beginning including the landing at Gallipoli. It was his second war. He had distinguished himself in South Africa which must be why he was accepted to re enlist even though he was in his forties and minus a thumb. From reading his letters I recall the stark line about his younger peers “it will make men or corpses of them” written as they sailed off from Australia.
    He survived Gallipoli and said that he felt they could have won with better artillery support. It was France where he ran out of luck like so many others. A shell brought a wall down on him.