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Posted on Mar 31, 2010 in War College

Turkey to Observe 95th Anniversary of WWI Battle of Gallipoli

By Media Release

Armchair General received the following press release. The current issue of Armchair General magazine, May 2010, features an article on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and its continuing effects.


New York, NY – March 31, 2010 – Turkey is finalizing arrangements for the celebration of the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, which will take place April 16-25, 2010.  Activities will include swimming contests, chess tournament, a Turkey-New Zealand-Australia international handball competition, Gallipoli Peace Run, a performance by the State Folk Dance Ensemble, various exhibitions, several concerts and fashion shows.


The Gallipoli campaign took place during World War I from April 25, 1915 through January 15, 1916 on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. A joint British 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.

The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Throughout the year, visitors can visit Canakkale and the Gallipoli battlefields with guided excursions from Istanbul. Tours include the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, Gallipoli Museum, Dardanelles, Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach and Anzac Cove where the dawn service is held each Anzac Day. Also the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and Chunk Bair New Zealand Memorial can be seen.

Gallipoli tours from Istanbul often include a visit to Troy. With an additional day excursion, the ancient city of Troy, the legendary city of beautiful Helen and the Wooden Trojan Horse can be visited. Some of the tour highlights are the 3700 year old city walls, Sacrificial Altars, Houses of Troy I, 3000 B.C. – 2500 B.C., The Bouleterium (Senate Building), The Odeon (Concert Hall), remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX, and current excavations in progress.

For more information on Turkey, call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY or contact the Turkish Culture and Tourist Offices in New York at 212-687-2194; Washington, D.C. at 202-612-6800; and Los Angeles at (323) 937-8066. Information is also available at or

About Turkey
Turkey is a modern nation with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary and of East and West. The cradle of civilization and center of world history today stands as one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world. Turkey was the site of the first human settlement; the seat of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires; the birthplace of Homer and the last home of the Virgin Mary, just to name a few. Today Turkey, with its spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.


  1. Great battlefield to visit for anybody who ever visits this part of Turkey, although I advise avoiding the area two weeks either side of ANZAC day, as the place is overrun with young Aussie’s and Kiwi’s looking for a party.

    • We are waiting for all runners from around the world to participate in the 3rd International Gallipoli Peace Run to be held on 23rd April 2011. Please see

  2. come on come on,
    Our army ,we are the best !

  3. It is quite rare to find unbiased articles over Turkey and history of this great Country. My compliments over you brief but good story.