Australia, New Zealand join Turkey's works on Gelibolu history

Turkish, Australian and New Zealander historians will carry out historical studies in the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsula.

Australia, New Zealand join Turkey's works on Gelibolu history

Turkish, Australian and New Zealander historians will carry out historical studies in the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsula.

Australian Ambassador to Turkey Peter Doyle; Ian Campbell, a secretary of the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs; and Matthew Cartledge, the adviser to the secretary; paid a visit to the Onsekiz Mart University (COMU) rector, Ali Akdemir, in the western province of Canakkale.

During the meeting, the Turkish and Australian authorities discussed launching of joint studies in the historical national park in Gelibolu Peninsula.

Ian Campbell said that Turkish, Australian and New Zealander historians and archeologists would launch joint historical and archeological studies in the Anzac Cave, where Anzac soldiers landed during the Canakkale Battles.

Campbell also said he hoped the studies would illuminate many unknown issues regarding the Anzac Cave.

The Battle of Canakkale took place at Gelibolu Peninsula in the west of Turkey from April 25, 1915 to January 9, 1916, during the World War I.

A joint British Empire and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, and secure a sea route to Russia. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides.

In Australia and New Zealand, the campaign was the first major battle undertaken by a joint military formation, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in both of these countries. Anzac Day (April 25) remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in Australia and New Zealand, surpassing Armistice Day/Remembrance Day.

Each year, thousands of people, many of them Australians and New Zealanders, travel to the battlefields in northwestern Turkey on Anzac Day, the anniversary of the April 25th, 1915, start of the campaign.

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