Anzac- The respect to the Soldier monument

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DEEP RESPECT TO THE SOLDIER'S MEMORIAL
 MEHMETCİĞE DERİN SAYGI ANITI

 

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The inscription on the base of the statue relating to this event is attributed to Lord Richard Casey (*), who fought in the campaign and later became Governor General of Australia.  This example represents the transformation of material mistakes into myths, making this not a monument not one of respect to Mehmetçik but disrespect.  This story that this statue is supposed to represent, not confirmed by any serious source whatsoever and also practically impossible, is made even more irrelevant by the statue itself.  Contrary to the inscription, the Turkish soldier is not unarmed but carries a British riffle and a bayonet.  The authorities, realizing the absurdity of the situation but being reluctant to alter the statue, sought to modify Lord Casey’s questionable story to fit the sculpture.  Thus the situation got completely out of hand.

"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", (Istanbul 2006), Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p. 21

(*) Orderly of Major-General Sir W. T. Bridges, commander of the 1st Australian Division.


 

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