Anzac - The Scrubby Knoll (Atatürk) memorial

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The inscription on the panel -a famous paragraph of a divisional order written by Atatürk on May 3- reads as follows :

All soldiers fighting with us here must realise that to completely carry out the honourable duty entrusted to us there must not be one step towards the rear.  Let me remind you all that your desire to sleep and rest does not merely mean that you are deprived of your rest but may lead to our whole nation being similarily deprived for all eternity.

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Kemalyeri, Kemal's Place





"Mustafa Kemal Atatürk", reproduced from a period postcard (Louis Neefs - private collection)



Last updated : 04/02/08

"The Turkish commander's lookout at Scrubby Knoll.  In the foreground is a ruined shelter.  Essad Pasha's observation post is seen beyond it", period picture reproduced from  "Gallipoli Mission", (Crows Nest 1990), Charles E.W. Bean, p. 154


The real Scrubby Knoll, where Mustafa Kemal's headquarters were located between April 25 and May 17 is right behind the slope, some 70 to 80 metres to the northeast.  This place was named "Kemalyeri" by a Turkish staff officer, Lieutenant Colonel Fahrettin Altay, to honour Mustafa Kemal.

"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", (Istanbul 2006), Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p. 81

"Headquarters of the Northen group at Kemalyeri", reproduced from a period postcard (Başar Eryoner - private collection)

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