POTD: Night Vision PKM (Gallipoli Security)

    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.