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 This memorial is a bit different to the others here near the War Memorial because it's not dedicated to Australian soldiers Cheapest Marlboro Cigarettes. It's dedicated to the people they were fighting at Gallipoli, the Turks and their commander, Kemal Ataturk. So why would Australia honour their enemies with a memorial like this? Here's Eloise with the answer. ELOISE FUSS Cheap Online Cigarettes, REPORTING: Turkish culture is really important to Evan and his cousin Aleyna. They, along with their families, often cook big Turkish feasts and speak Turkish at home too Marlboro Cigarettes Sale. They're some of more than 100,000 Australians whose families originally came from Turkey. Evan: I started to do some reading and I went to the library in my school and I saw this Turkish book. I borrowed it and I was reading most of the night. I was wondering what they would do. What Australians know as the Gallipoli Campaign is known by Turkish people as the Battle of Canakkale. Although the country wasn't called Turkey back then it was actually part of the Ottoman Empire. And in World War One it was on the same side as countries like Germany and Austria-Hungary Cheap Wholesale Cigarettes. Ada is another Turkish-Australian kid interested in both sides of the Gallipoli story. Her Great, Great uncle was actually there. Evan: My great uncle is Halil Ibriham. He fought in Gallipoli in his early 20s and died there, because he didn't really want to lose another part of his country. Turkey was expecting to be attacked, but it didn't know where or when. So when the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli, Turkish forces fought back and quickly called for reinforcements. Evan: I think that when the Anzacs came to Gallipoli the Turkish had a big shock and it would've been scary because they weren't prepared for it. Most of the Turkish soldiers had never heard of Australia or New Zealand before Cheap Smokes Free Shipping. Many came from poor rural backgrounds, and hadn't had the chance to go school. They were led by determined commanders, like this man, Colonel Mustafa Kemal. Ada, Evan and Aleyna all like hearing about the camaraderie that went on between some Aussie and Turkish soldiers. "Extraordinary friendly exchanges between the Turks and our fellows this morning early. Some of our chaps ran right over to the enemy trenches and exchanged bully, jam, cigarettes etc." And some Anzacs even left farewell notes for the Turks when they left. "Most of the lads [Anzac soldiers] left notes behind thanking Abdul for the use of the ground also for the fair fight they had given us, also assuring them that any food left behind has not been poisoned but is quite good." After eight months of fighting, the Turkish forces won although in the end they'd be on the losing side of WW1. But despite that, the battle at Gallipoli was considered one of their 'greatest victories', and helped build a sense of pride and identity among the Turkish people. Ada: I respect both sides, and I don't really think there's a good side and a bad side. I just think the people that went to war and lost their blood and got killed just wanted to serve their own country. After the war, the Turkish commander at Gallipoli went on to become the country's first president - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. And in 1934, he's said to have written this tribute to the Anzacs killed at Gallipoli. "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 ." For Evan and his cousin Aleyna the continuing friendship between Turkey and Australia is something they want to recognise so they're donning traditional outfits and representing Turkey at an Anzac Day vigil.
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