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I was taken back to the division.
Straw strewn between the tents poles.
Wounded of many kinds laying on the straw.
They cut my uniform off
Left me as naked as I was born,
And later put a cloak over me.
But, thanks to Allah
No bleeding, the wounds being
Mixed with earth and dried up ...
By the time the sun was setting
They took us out ...
Medics put us on horsecharts.
One on top of another,
Like empty wheat bags ...
Ten, fifteen wounded on a chart.
Some cry out
Some die that minute ...
The roads of Arı Burnu are bumpy.
It is dark.
I am lying on my back.
Another body underneath wriggles,
On my chest, a pair of legs, but
Half of one is missing.
We are going downhill.
The sky full of stars.
Light wind blowing ...
From the poem “Human landscapes from my country” by Nazım Hikmet(*) (translated by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konut)
(*) Turkish poet, communist and peace activist, winner of the World Peace prize in 1950
the highly detailed map produced by the Turkish staff officer Şevki Paşa in
1916 following the Gallipoli Campaign there were 23 Turkish cemeteries
establised either during the fighting or soon after on the Peninsula.
Unfortunately, in the 90 years following the end of the campaign, many of
them almost completely disappeared under cultivated fields, or were otherwise
damaged, this cemetery being one of them. There were only a few headstones
left standing, with the human remains scattered over the area belonging to the
2000 Turkish soldiers buried here.
“Gallipoli Battlefield Guide”, (Istanbul 2006), Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p.17
There was no
proper medical transport system in the 5th Army, therefore anything practical
and available was used for the transport of the wounded. Suply waggons, carts
and other vehicles were used to bring the wounded behind the frontline, often
being assisted by ordinary civilians who volunteered to help.
Freely translated from “The bitter Pill”, (Istanbul 2005), p. 56
the first authentic hotel on the Gallipoli peninsula
"The Divisional Field Hospital for heavy casualities of the 16th Div./Ariburnu - Kocadere" picture reproduced from "The War Magazine", (Istanbul - 2004), p.46
"Transporting wounded" picture reproduced from “The bitter Pill”, (Istanbul 2005), p. 57.
Last updated : 01/12/06