29 de abril de 2015

"Gallipoli centenary" (en idioma inglés), conmemoración de la insólita batalla de la "Gran Guerra" por las potencias vencidas, 25 de abril de 2015


Por primera vez, introduzco un texto en un idioma diferente al castellano, en este Blog, sugiero a los benévolos lectores que hayan conservado mi ensayo histórico-biográfico sobre Mustafa Kemal "Ataturk" que lo archiven junto a ese trabajo, la derrota de los aliados en Gallipoli, es rememorada por los vencidos, a los 100 años de ocurrida, sin disminuir en nada la admirable victoria lograda por el ejército otomano, dirigido por el joven oficial de Estado Mayor que, años después, seria el fundador de la República seglar, moderna, de Turquía. Me permito cerrar esta explicación con un párrafo tomado de la "Orden del Día" que estableciera Mustafa Kemal para sus hombres, es el trazo de un verdadero jefe, que dirigiera las operaciones desde la primera fila del combate (el trabajo completo que publique bajo el título de: "Ataturk" -padre de los turcos- se encuentra completo en este blog:

"...siendo apenas un joven oficial de Estado Mayor, en la Península de Gailipoli derrotó a los ejércitos inglés y francés, apoyados por la que era, para entonces, la primera flota de guerra del mundo y el "Primer Lord del Almirantazgo Británico", Sir Winston Churchill.
Kemal dirigió las operaciones desde la primera línea de fuego, en total despego de su propia seguridad, en el orden del día escribió: “yo no les ordeno a ustedes que ataquen, yo les ordeno que mueran.  En el tiempo que nos tome morir otra tropa y otro comandante pueden vivir y tomar nuestros puestos”.  Para el final de la batalla casi todo el regimiento 57 había muerto, cargando continuamente a través de la cortina de fuego, hacia la inmortalidad..." 

Gallipoli centenary: Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day

  • 25 April 2015
  • From the sectionEurope

Services have been taking place around the world, as Nicholas Witchell reports
Australia and New Zealand have been remembering soldiers from the two countries who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War One.
A series of events on Saturday marked the centenary of the Allied attack on the Gallipoli peninsula.
A dawn service was held at the landing. The two countries later remembered their dead at battlefield services.
More than 11,400 of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) troops were killed in the course of the campaign.
Australian PM Tony Abbott paid tribute to their selflessness, describing them as Australia's "founding heroes".
Anzac Day is arguably the most important national occasion for Australia and New Zealand.
Gallipoli holds a special place in Australian hearts. Many believe it was here Australians proved themselves the equal of any in the world, heralding the young nation's emergence onto the world stage.
Meanwhile in London, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh - who is patron of the Gallipoli Association - and Prince William were joined by senior government and military figures to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

People attend the dawn service in Anzac Cove in commemoration of the Gallipoli War on the Turkish Gallipoli peninsula (25 April 2015)
The dawn service in Gallipoli was held under the shadow of the peninsula's mountains
Prince Charles at Gallipoli
Prince Charles read the words of Lieutenant Ken Millar and Company Quartermaster Sergeant Benjamin Leane, which were written during the campaign
In Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael joined veterans and members of the public in marking the anniversary at Edinburgh Castle.
About 131,000 - of whom 45,000 were Allied forces and 86,000 from Turkey - died in the campaign. The fatalities included about 25,000 British military personnel and 10,000 from France.

'Founding heroes'

Thousands from Australia and New Zealand came to Turkey for the anniversary along with Princes Charles and Harry and a large number of international dignitaries.
Australians commemorated their dead with a service at Lone Pine, the site of a bloody battle on the Gallipoli peninsula in August 1915, while New Zealanders paid tribute at Chunuk Bair, a hilltop captured by the Allies in their only brief success of the campaign.
The Australian service began with schoolchildren reading out the names of some of the fallen.
In a speech, Prime Minister Abbott stressed the importance of the troops in Australia's history.
"To us they are Anzacs, but in their day they were fathers, sons, parents, children, cousins and mates just as you are now," he said.
"You walk among their headstones, you read the inscriptions, you hear the epitaphs and you hear their families speak - in these inscriptions and in these epitaphs we hear the echoes of our country a century ago."

New Zealand soldiers resting
The campaign has become synonymous with troops from Australia and New Zealand
Bullets at Anzac Cove
One hundred years later, bullets can still be found on the beach at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli
"We wonder at their selflessness, at their capacity to face death," he added.
At a dawn service to mark the landing, Mr Abbott described the Australian troops as the "founding heroes" of their country.
At the same event, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said that Gallipoli had become a by-word for the best characteristics of Australians and New Zealanders "especially when they work side by side in the face of adversity".
A quotation by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - the founder of the Republic of Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman Empire - was also read at the service.
"You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.
"After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
Thousands of miles away in Australia and New Zealand, dawn services and other events were also held on Saturday morning to mark the centenary of the landings amid tight security.
In Sydney, dozens of surf boats from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey took part in a symbolic re-enactment of the Gallipoli landings.

Defence Force personnel stand guard at the Eternal Flame during an Anzac Day Dawn Service in Brisbane, Australia (25 April 2015)
Events were held across Australia on Saturday morning in Brisbane....
A dawn service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance commemorating the centenary of Anzac Day in Melbourne, Australia (25 April 2015)
...and in Melbourne where a dawn church service was held
In Sydney dozens of surf boats from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey raise their oars in tribute
In Sydney dozens of surf boats from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey raised their oars in tribute
Australian soldiers use periscopes to locate snipers
Many believe it was at Gallipoli where Australians proved themselves the equal of any in the world
Cemil Gokten, a Turkish student in Sydney, described the centenary as a "bonding event across cultures".
"It is great to come here and share our mutual bonds together," he said.
More than 20,000 people in New Zealand attended a service at the national war memorial in Wellington, where Governor-General Jerry Mateparae was accompanied by Australian counterpart Peter Cosgrove.

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What was Gallipoli?
  • After a failed naval attack, the Allies tried to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul) via the Gallipoli peninsula by land assault
  • The amphibious assault started at dawn on 25 April, 1915
  • British, French and their dominions' troops - including soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, India and Newfoundland - took part
  • They faced months of shelling, sniper fire and sickness, before abandoning the campaign
  • 45,000 Allied troops died for no material gain, although the Turkish Army was tied down for eight months
  • 86,000 Turkish troops died. Commander Mustafa Kemal survived and went on to found modern Turkey

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The Gallipoli invasion failed, with the Allied forces unable to advance more than a few miles inland.
A bloody stalemate ensued which lasted until Allied troops evacuated the peninsula in January 1916.

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Why do Australians and New Zealanders mark Anzac Day?

A seagull flies over a sea of poppies in Federation Square, Melbourne
In Melbourne, 5,000 poppies have been laid in Federation Square as part of the commemorations
  • Gallipoli was the first campaign Australia and New Zealand fought as independent nations
  • They joined the Allies in an attempt to knock Germany's Turkish allies out of World War One
  • But the Anzac forces barely advanced a mile inland
  • 10,000 Anzacs died while 23,000 were injured, which had a devastating impact on the male population of the fledgling nations

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