The Gallipoli Houses

Anzac - The place where Ataturk's watch was smashed

 

 

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THE PLACE WHERE ATATÜRK'S WATCH WAS SMASHED
ATATÜRK'ÜN SAATININ PARÇALANDIĞI YER

memorial to the place where Atatürk’s watch was smashed

the Gallipoli Houses

 

 

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IF STONES COULD SPEAK - ANZAC

 

 

Yes indeed, I saw a bullethole on the righthand side of my jacket.  Next to me was Nuri Bey (an officer) : “Sir, you’ve been hit”, he said. I realised that if this “news” would spread it would have a disasteous effect on the moral of our soldiers and therefore I immediately put my hand over the officer’s mouth with my hand and said : “Be quiet !!”.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk quoted in “Mustafa Kemal explains Çanakkale” (Ankara 1981), Rushen Eshref Ünaydin, p. 41

 

 

... Historically speaking however, this cannot possibly be the spot were this event took place.  It would have been suicidal for Mustafa Kemal to have been standing at this point during the attack as he would have been completely  exposed to enemy fire.  The actual event took place on the south eastern slope of Chunuk Bair, on the Kördere slope (Blind Valley) some 60 to 70 metres from the summit.

"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", (Istanbul 2006), Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p.73

 


Last updated : 01/12/06

 

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