18 soldier cemeteries discovered in Canakkale

Geophysical studies are being conducted to discover the soldier cemeteries which are identified in Sevki Pasha’s 1916 map, but no sign of which is visible on the surface.

18 soldier cemeteries discovered in Canakkale

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Geophysical Engineering department at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University’s (COMU) Faculty of Engineering, the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and the Gallipoli Historical National Park Directorate is conducting and effort to discover 18 out of the 28 soldier cemeteries depicted in Sevki Pasha’a 1916 map by means of ground-penetrating radar and magnetic measurements.

Professor of Geophysical Engineering at the COMU Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Aydin Buyuksarac said that the large number of soldiers who lost their lives through the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915 are spread across the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Explained that the identified areas will then be recovered by the Ministry, Buyuksarac explained that the sites of the soldier cemeteries will literally be ascertained after 100 years, and will be turned into monumental tombs.

The “Canakkale Battles", also known as "The Gallipoli Campaign", took place at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey from April 1915 to January 1916, during the First World War.

A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul and secure a sea route to Russia. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) formed the backbone of a 200,000-man British-led army that landed at Gallipoli. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved.

Nearly 1 million soldiers fought in the trench warfare at Gallipoli. The allies recorded 55,000 killed in fighting with 10,000 missing and 21,000 dead of disease. Turkish casualties were estimated at around 250,000.

The battle is considered as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, himself a commander at Gallipoli.


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