• Walking the battlefields

    Thursday 1 May 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    The Walk from Chunuk Bair down Rhododendron Ridge to the northern outposts gave the tour an appreciation of the difficulty of the terrain around this area of the peninsula. Gallipoli terrain from Rhododendron Ridge A bush fire several years ago reduced the vegetation, opened up the view and exposed parts of the landscape including old trenches. The vegetation has now grown back to about chest height which would have been…

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  • Farewell Turkey

    Monday 28 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 2 comments

    Our last morning in Turkey has finally arrived as we work out how to stuff everything into already bulging bags and spend our remaining lira. The final day yesterday included a visit to the beautiful Chora Church which features mosaics depicting the life of the Virgin Mary. Being a Sunday it was a little easier to get around Istanbul without the usual crazy traffic. We visited the mosque of Sulyman the …

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  • Another three days on the peninsula

    Sunday 27 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 4 comments

    Wednesday - To Helles and back Following our exploration of the Anzac part of the Gallipoli campaign, we moved to Cape Helles to look at the battles that took place at the south of peninsula. A visit to the British Memorial reminded us of the significant naval presence and the huge number of British troops involved in the battles for Krithia. At the top of the cliff we looked down onto V Beach where the River Clyde beached and the …

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  • The Landing, 25 April 1915

    Sunday 27 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    Anzac Cove is the name given to this stretch of the west coast of the Turkish Peninsula where the Australians and New Zealanders made their landing on the 25 April 1915. The landing marked the start of an eight month campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The Anzacs under General Birdwood were to make the northern landing. Once ashore they were to press inland.The Battlefield tour took a boat trip yesterday to the coast where the Anzacs …

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  • ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

    Sunday 27 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 5 comments

    A couple of days after the landing on the 25th April 1915 the weather turned bitterly cold for the Anzacs dug in at Gallipoli. Having been blessed with the weather so far, the battlefield tour received a good dose of what it would have been like for the diggers in 1915. Most of us on the tour agree that we have just spent the coldest night of our lives camped out for the Dawn Service! We left the hotel at 12 am in order to arrive at …

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  • The Ancient City

    Thursday 24 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    Homer described the location of the city of Troy as situated at the entrance of the Dardanelles. The Gallipoli campaign was fought a few kilometres from the site of the ancient city. The historical connections between the ancient and modern battlefields were not lost on the Australians fighting in this region. Many Anzacs found pieces of ancient pottery when tunnelling into the hills.The battlefield tour took the opportunity to walk …

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  • Aboriginal ANZACs

    Thursday 24 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 24 comments

    There are only five known Aboriginal servicemen buried at Gallipoli, however, it is estimated that 500-800 Aboriginal diggers served in the First World War. Ethnicity was not recorded in the enlistment process and research into indigenous service can involve trawling across many different sources, sometimes we may never know who these servicemen were. Garth O'Connell, a fellow member of the battlefield tour, has been researching …

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  • Memorial to the Bouvet

    Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    The first action by the Allies against the Ottomans began as a naval operation and occurred here on the Dardanelles. On the 18 March a large British and French fleet of 18 war ships advanced towards the Narrows, hoping to put the forts that defended the Dardanelles out of action, threaten Constantinople and open supply routes to Russia.The war operation began with preliminary bombardments of the Turkish forts in January and February …

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  • Three days on the peninsula

    Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 5 comments

    Day 1 Stepping on two continents It's great to see that the concept of quiet Sunday morning traffic exists in other places around the world. Leaving Istanbul was quick and simple, even though we got an idea of just how big a city of 16 million people can be. A drive through green countryside was very pleasant, noting the complete lack of fences and many shepherds with sheep and goats. The boy from Kingaroy has seen plenty of tractors …

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  • Stop Passerby

    Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    On the journey from Istanbul to the Dardanelles the Battlefield tour noticed this striking memorial on the slopes of the Kilitbahir Plateau. In English it translates to: Stop passerby The ground you tread on, unawares, Once witnessed the end of a generation. Listen in this quiet earth Beats the heart of a nation. Stop Passerby! Read on

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