This is a sub-standard photo, my apologies. It is a photo of a beach in Gallipoli, now named Anzac Cove. I have not posted it for its quality but for what this place represents to most Australians and New Zealanders. It is the site of the landing of ANZAC troops in Turkey during World War I on 25 April 1915.
Gallipoli became a turning a point in the histories of both our young nations. What followed has variously been described as the making of a nation, a senseless destruction of young lives, a testament to bravery, a farce, and a mistake due to incompetent military leadership. You don't have to be a military genius to see from the very topography of the place that this was not a wise place to land troops, with Turkish troops lining the cliffs above, armed with machine guns.
The campaign continued throughout the Gallipoli Pensinsula, resulting in mass slaughter and endurance of the most terrible conditions by both the ANZACS and the Turks. The campaigns of The Nek, Gabe Tepe and Lone Pine continued, again with senseless slaughter and no real gain in terms of land.
I remember watching a documentary on Lone Pine, where it described the waves of young men going "over the top" of the trench, being cut down immediately by machine gun fire. After the third wave, a commander of the Turkish forces yelled to the ANZACS "dur dur!" Stop, Stop! But the orders continued and the men did not stop.
The words of General Ataturk of the Turkish forces are very beautiful:
"Those heroes that shed 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 faraway countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are at peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well".
Three of my great-uncles are buried at Lone Pine. Another survived Gallipoli only to be killed in France the same year.
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berek (50414) 2012-04-26 20:40
When did you come to Turkey ? I can not read the time. very beautiful image in our nature to us. Thanks for sharing.
Sonata11 (33795) 2012-04-26 20:55
what a gorgeous coastline. Fantastic composition and fantastic framewok as well. Colors, sharpness, clarity , POV and DOF are excellent too. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
carlo62 (47465) 2012-04-27 0:16
la qualità della foto non è delle migliori, ma a suo favore c'è l'ottima composizione e soprattutto la data.....1996!!!!
ifege (10367) 2012-04-27 0:47
Pity about the scan and the photo does give a good view of Anzac Cove. Great sentiment. I couldn't resist doing a waorkshop to try to overcome some of the scan problems. Hope you like it.
lousat (90722) 2012-04-27 1:41
Ciao Lisa,bellissimo ricordo di questa vacanza turca,questa spiaggia deserta e' un vero gioiellino,grande pov coi colori tipici della pellicola,ottimo lavoro di scannerizzazione.Buon weekend e complimenti,Luciano
tyro (24682) 2012-04-27 2:21
This might not be one of your very best photographs from the point of view of technical excellence, but, together with your in-depth and emotive note, it is very much in keeping with the "mission statement" of TrekEarth.
But, even though this picture was taken 16 years ago, it demonstrates clearly your innate abilities at good composition, the line of the beach curving around beautifully toward the horizon. The colours, particularly of the sea and sky, are excellent and the detail is good despite the fact that this was presumably copied from a colour transparency.
But your note clearly echoes the horrors of war and perfectly describes what was clearly a momentous debacle in 1915 - a year before my great uncle was killed at the Somme and two years before my grandfather fought at Passchendale where British and Allied troops secured an advance of only 100 yards in nine months of fighting and bloodshed.
Very thought provoking.
P.S. On a similar note, you might be interested in a couple of pictures which I posted here before we became friends - both taken at the Preveli Monastery in southwest Crete. Early in the Second World War, the Germans in May, 1941 launched a massive airborne invasion with paratroopers over Crete where there were many Allied troops, mainly Australian and New Zealanders. The local people, including the monks at this monastery, did an amazing amount of work, without care for their own safety, in hiding and protecting our Allied troops and in helping the escape of so many of them. Here you can see a monument which has been built near the monastery, in remembrance of all those resistance fighters and troops who gave their lives.
Also, although this is a lousy photograph, I took it because it tells a lovely story about Geoff Edwards, an Australian soldier who was sheltered by the monks at Preveli and subsequently aided in his escape by them. So grateful was he that many years after he returned to Australia, he actually founded a small village in Western Australia, calling it "Prevelly" and building a chapel to "St. John The Theologian" there. Perhaps you know of this place even although it is in the most southwest part of your little island? You can read about it here and here. Sadly, Geoff Edwads died in 2000 but I presume that this little chapel and village live on.
Silvio1953 (142131) 2012-04-27 2:39
Ciao Lisa, bel POV sulla Gallipoli turca, ne abbiamo una anche in Italia che non è mica male, magnifica luce e splendid colori naturali, brava, ciao Silvio
Suppiluliuma (3913) 2012-04-27 3:00
Dear Lisa, thank you very much for this wonderfully written, warm and candid narrative.
There are, IMHO, a few wars where both sides share similar feelings about the war and "the other side". We grew up hearing stories of brave Turkish soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, their fierce yet at times friendly encounters with the ANZAC, and the common fate of thousands of young men who now rest in peace in the Dardanelles.
A few years ago, we watched a documentary by Tolga Ornek on Gelibolu, as the Turks use to call Gallipoli, you might be interested to see a fragment there:
dkmurphys (58038) 2012-04-27 3:42
I like it simple and natural...Never knew you've been to Turkey.
Enjoy a fine weekend.
paololg (31448) 2012-04-27 4:47
Ciao cara Diavolina,
una foto che dimostra i suoi 16 anni ma che dimostra anche quello che tu hai voluto dire nelle note, ovvero che la guerra è una cosa brutta e stupida. Sbarcare in questo luogo è come suicidarsi! Mi dispiace per i tuoi zii, anche loro hanno pagato con la vita la stupidità umana, come tanti altri giovani soldati di tutte le nazioni. Una foto che dimostra anche la tua squisita sensibilità e generosità. Brava!
Ciao, buon fine settimana!
Il tuo Generale :-)
PS: ho provato a telefonarti anche oggi (ore 21.30 a Sydney) ma non mi ha risposto nessuno. Ma sei sempre fuori con gli amici a divertirti??? (fai bene!!!) :-)))
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-04-27 5:19
Ola Lisa ,
Foste buscar esta foto ao baú :) , bonita composição vertical desta praia parece bem estreita , gostei da linha curva a levar o nosso olhar para o horizonte , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
Sergiom (78623) 2012-04-27 6:45
It is nice to go back to our old self. It allow us to reflect on life and also on the progress we have made.Even though the quality of this image is good, you have progress immensly since.
Have a good day
photoray (13981) 2012-04-27 7:21
Actually your blurred, harsh sun, works for the high color saturation, making it appear like an old Post Card. And the cliff top view of the curving coastline with browned vegetation, looks like many areas in my southern California coast, especially near Camp Pendelton, the Marine Base for training.
Ironically we had our Gallipoli also, in the late 60s and 70s. 60,000 young Americans killed, mostly in their teens and twenties, and 5,000,000 Vietnamese.
More bombs dropped on Vietnam than all of Germany and Japan and all the Pacific Islands, during WW II.
... And we lost the War.
Thank you for a little 'dejavu' both geographically and historically.
danyy (0) 2012-04-27 7:22
des couleurs qui jouent très bien ensembles. Le feu et le paille de la végétation, contre les bleus de la mer et du ciel.
Une vue qui a de la profondeur avec toutefois une ligne d'horizon qui penche un peu sur la droite.
Excellente fin de semaine.
ikeharel (70743) 2012-04-27 7:35
Who would have thought of digi-technique and TE posting on 1996, Lisa ???
The sea-shore is overwhelming in view, with the road curve along down to the beach. Those are the colors of a film work on old stuff ( not so old 1996...).
Nice scanned photo, and thanks for counting on my behalf.
Zengi001 (2825) 2012-04-27 7:43
Hi dear Lisa,
Very cute composition this archive shot has.
You seperated the frame very artistically. Sea, Land and the sky.. nice curvature of the shore.. perfectly done!
Have a nice WE,
P.S. : Ah, I now see, one shot from Turkey.. Indeed a very dramatic fact in history, and for what, or for whom?? thanks for it!
PecoBud (3824) 2012-04-27 8:32
I see hikers!! Loving this photo Lisa, even though as you say, it's not the best photo, you had something to share with us, and your note was well received and graciously put into our memories.
Beautiful capture of a wonderful coastline with excellent DOF and of course your POV is always fantastic.
TFS..........Your Friend from California...........Buddy
tedesse (25135) 2012-04-27 13:29
The interesting historical place. Excellent point of view, a beautiful perspective, nice colors. Interesting note.
emka (96525) 2012-04-28 0:02
Impresive photo of this special place. I learned about Gallipolli and importance of it only from TE. For Poland such a meaningful place is Monte Cassino. How many such places there are.. Nice composition of this old shot.
ChrisJ (113273) 2012-04-28 2:05
I tried a workshop for you. An authentic shot, that carries a very strong emotive resonance, for both Australians & Turks (and British, French, & New Zealanders too, who also fought & died there). So it was still well worth posting imho. An image doesn't have to always be technically perfect to convey powerful feelings. Tfs!
humayun (2991) 2012-04-28 6:58
GOOD SEA VIEW........
GOOD COLORS AND GOOD VIEW.....
Didi (60588) 2012-04-28 18:04
Good point of view with an interesting curve of the beach.
Did you use a silver film ?
In the WS colours looks more artifical, the original is much better.
jemaflor (96795) 2012-05-02 4:15
Good effect with the curve and this perfect vertical format, lovely light and place, tfs.
agulberk (3794) 2012-05-13 12:26
Hello Dear Lisa
Very sad captured of an interesting historical beach that many young soldiers are died here in Gallipoli.
During the First World War, the Allied forces wanted to threaten and invade Istanbul thus to obliterate off the Turks.
With this intent they arrived at Çanakkale, but there they found out that their entry into the sea passage was blocked. The enemy had to take the first blow on March the 18th, 1915; several enemy ships were sunk in the Dardanelles. Then on April the 25th, they landed their soldiers in the Seddülbahir and Arıburnu regions. However, here the Mehmetçik nailed them down, at the point where the enemy soldiers had landed. The battle lasted for nine months; soldiers were fighting incessantly, night and day, until the January 3rd, 1916. Those nine months were decorated with countless legends and heroic stories.
Canakkale is a glorious legend written by Mehmetcik. (a general name given to all Turkish soldiers)… All martyrs’ names are combined in his name… Canakkale legend is a challenge when the whole world came against us with arms power and powerful navies and where greatest bravery was experienced. There was a nation ,defended her honour in Gallipoli against Entente States by losing [many] thousands of her sons to martyrdom.
Dreaming of a great victory, High ranked Turkish officer, Enver Pasha, ordered an attack on ANZAKs. Turkish opposite attack started on May 19 and failed. Unnumbered attacks were stoped each time. Under the heavy enemy fire, Turkish soldiers were dying before reaching enemy treches or a few who were able to reach the trenches, were loosing their lives after the hand to hand fight. Then ANZAKs realized that Turks were brave fighters which were completly different than what was told to them. First time an armitice were accepted and both sides Turks and ANZAKs met each other. It was a beginning of close releation with respect. It was significant that ANZAKs refused to use gas masks later, believing that Turks were fair soldiers.
"It is impossible for me without mentioning the fights on the Bomb Hill. Distance between trenches is about eight metres, That's to say, death is certain... The soldiers in the first trench are completely dying and the second group replaces them immediately with such great resignation and coldness that noone can imagine. A Soldier sees those dying soldiers and knows that he will die in a few minutes but doesn't show any hesitation and fear at all. By reading Kuran, some are ready to go Heaven and others are fighting and praying to God. This is one of the instances that shows the astonishing high spirit of Turkish soldiers. This is the high spirit that won Canakkale Wars." ( From the diaries of Mustafa Kemal - group commander of Anafartalar)
Thanks for sharing
Note: Thanks your nice comment for my name
Adnan ( Adnan means "Someone who is in heaven forever")
Noel_Byrne (31006) 2012-05-19 8:36
Wonderful note that adds so much to your capture. I really like the shot and the sweeping curve of the beach. It looks like a beautiful place, despite the sad and tragic history.