Gallipoli & Dardanelles International’ is committed to remembrance, international friendship and education. A major part of our work is to present the events and lessons of the Gallipoli Campaign to the present and future generations. We pursue this through youth exchanges, school links and other international programmes that promote study, understanding and friendship.
Don’t get us started! Read a synopsis here, and please look at the site overall. Gallipoli provided a victory for the Turkish which played a significant part in its transformation under Ataturk. It chastened and changed Britain and the Commonwealth and it forged a legacy and legend for Australia and New Zealand. Some 500,000 men fought at Gallipoli, and millions around the world today have some kind of connection to these nine months of attrition, through history, family, heritage and interest.
We intend to ensure that this is not the case. The centenary is an important event, but we are clear that before and afterwards, the campaign must be kept in the public eye. We shall be active in Gallipoli in 2015, but we plan to be around for a long time afterwards as well.
By becoming a charity we are able to direct fund and resource our educational aims in a coherent and effect ways; we also have the possibilty to seek funding in the future from major donors. Being a charity makes a clear statement to our members and the public about our intentions and shows that we a reliable source of information
Join us, please. Use the link here to sign up. You will be most welcome. You can choose any level of participation, but we actively welcome all contributions. We can offer you much as a member, and we look forward to what you can teach us too!
Not at all. We believe that our aims and objectives are quite different. The way we work does not intrude on the path the Gallipoli Association is taking. We see ourselves as neither competitors nor rivals. Although British-based, we have a very strong international focus and are utterly committed to serving the full spectrum of our membership. We pride ourselves on being a friendly organisation and that hand of friendship extends to all people from all countries. Gallipoli Association members are welcome to join us.
Our founder members are all former officers or members of the Gallipoli Association. In the past we have made every effort to offer our skills, ideas and commitment to the Association. We include all our members in our activities, both commemorative and social. This is done in a warm spirit of open friendship and shared camaraderie. It is time, finally, for all of us to join together in an organisation which will ensure the story of the Gallipoli campaign remains relevant on an international level, not just in Britain. We are particularly keen to include younger people in our organisation.
There is a Turkish Gallipoli Association, a French Dardanelles Society, varieties of bodies in Australia & New Zealand and also like-minded groups in Germany. We have cordial and creative contacts with all of these groups and our patrons, our presidency and advisers are drawn from countries around the world. We are entirely committed to a truly international membership and activity and our work and future plans will incorporate this.
Sorry, not possible! Ok, tell me about Gallipoli in 125 words then. A second front was needed by the western allies in 1915. After failed attempts to break through the Dardanelles with ships, troops were landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in April 1915. Over the spring and summer bitter and costly trench warfare took place, but neither the allies or the Turkish were able to make the decisive move to secure victory. By October 1915, with Bulgaria entering the war, the allied political and military commitment to the Gallipoli campaign was in decline and by November evacuation was agreed. In late December and 1915 and early January 1916 all the allied troops were taken off successfully. Mustafa Kemal, who served at Gallipoli as a Colonel, subsequently became Ataturk, the ‘father’ of the renewed Turkish nation.
The Gallipoli peninsula is now an International heritage park, and thousands, mainly Turkish nationals, visit every year. April 25th, the anniversary of the allied landings, sees a huge influx of visitors, mainly young Australians and New Zealanders. Despite this, the peninsula is lightly populated and it is still relatively easy to escape the crowds and to find the quieter out-of-the-way locations. To a greater extent than in Europe, the battlefields are well-preserved, and in some areas they are virtually untouched. Turkish national awareness has increased in recent years and schools and military visits are increasing. A plan to build a bridge from the southern-straits town of Canakkale over to the northern battlefield area will one day transform this area hugely. If you would like to visit Gallipoli in comfort with expert guidance then please join us and see our exciting plans for 2015.
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