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‘No one viewing the formidable ridge of rock above Anzac Cove can fail to appreciate its military importance.’ (Brave Old World, Cornucopia 20 Anzac Cove is due west of Eceabat, on the Aegean coast, looking out to Gökçeada. For cemetery details, see the CWGC website.
As Kevin Gould writes in Cornucopia 24, ‘A memorial at Anzac Cove glorifies the deeds of a brave generation and bears Atatürk’s words of respect and reconciliation: “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. To 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.”’
Gallipoli is one of the few First World War battlefields to retain the look and feel of the period. And at Gallipoli you do not need much imagination to grasp the point of it all: a bold dash to Istanbul to knock Turkey out of the war. It is all so much more accessible to the visitor than the flat plains of Flanders, where the objectives fought over at such vast human cost are difficult to comprehend – often no more than vague rises in a bleak ground, waypoints in a war of attrition, of little obvious strategic significance…