Perhaps the rules of war, which I did not even pretend to know, allowed humans to suffer.

People are inclined to turn a blind eye on individual suffering, especially if the suffering is out of sight.

Maybe some day when war is brought to everyone’s door step then, and only then, will the peoples of the world wake up to the folly of mass slaughter as a means of settling international disputes.

"Gallipoli 1915",
(London-1977), Joe Murray,  p. 60-61




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Paul Reed is one of the leading historians on the WW I and has currently published five books and worked on and appeared in several documentaries, including one on Gallipoli.  This started a “love-affair” which goes on as we speak and Paul makes it a habit to “pop over” at least once a year.  For more details on his many activities have a look at his website.

Kenan Çelik has been guiding thousands of people on the Gallipoli battlefields. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Australia, becoming the first Turkish citizen to receive this award. For more information have a look at his website.


The picture shows Phil Curme updating his travel journal in the shadow of the Duckworth Oak in Redoubt Cemetery, Gallipoli. Phil is a seasoned battlefield visitor whose extensive travels across several continents are eloquently documented in words and pictures on his website. He is an occasional contributor to the BBC and is a familiar face on the military history speaker's circuit in the UK.



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In 1997 after retiring, Güven Pınar, an architect by education, left Izmir for Eceabat, a place with emotional connections not only because his mother had lived here in the past but also because his great uncle was killed here in 1915.  Although his intentions were to enjoy his retirement his interest in the Gallipoli Campaign grew with every new book he read.  He now shares his interest & knowledge of the campaign with others and works as a licensed tour guide and has his own website.












Michael Dillion, pioneer in adventure and mountain film cinematography (check-out his curriculum here), came to Gallipoli in 2005 to work on a project showing the importance of Gallipoli for Australians & Turks alike. A project which remains unfinished due to his busy agenda.  Michael just finished filming a documentary on the Australian involvement in Belgium and France in WW1.





Şahin Aldoğan was born in Elazığ in 1948. He finished Military High school and Navy School before being sent into retired with the grade of Lieutenant. When not in the Peninsula, he worked on short & long haul merchant vessels and has been researching the Campaign and walking the battlefields since 1965 and can be considered as one of the top “field experts” on Gallipoli. He is the co-author of two highly interesting works on Gallipoli. One of them is available in English.

Glenn Wahlert, an Australian Army officer with over 30 years of soldiering experience is a regular visitor to Gallipoli. Glenn has a unique, 'soldier's eye' view of the ground at Anzac and he has written a number of books & articles on the Australian involvement in the campaign.  His latest book "Exploring Gallipoli", a visitors' pocket guide, includes an audio CD.  Glenn is now a mili-tary historian with the Australian Army History Unit and is arguably one of Australia's best informed military historians on the Anzac campaign.


Klaus Wolf, an officer in the Germany Army, had his first "encounters" with Gallipoli and its battlefields during his 4 year assignment with NATO in Turkey.  It soon became a passion and resulted in a major work on the German involvement in the "Çanakkale Wars". His book "Gallipoli 1915" will hopefully be available in English in 2010.



Nigel Jamieson, a theatre & events director, visited the penin-sula to find inspiration for his Gallipoli, a stage production in which he re-examines with a critical eye this complex part of Australian identity and history.
The play went on stage on 25th July 2008 and with a cast of almost 40 performers it is the most ambitious productions ever presented by the Sydney Theatre Company.

26th April 2008 ... “The morning after” ...

The Department of Veteran Affairs’ team at their “advanced Anzac Day 2008 HQ” after a succesfull dawn service. From left to right: Mark Sullivan (DVA), Stuart Duncan (ABC Sydney), Paul Wallis (ARUP), Peter Sheen (Medal Society of Ireland). Özlem Gündüz-Goosens (Gallipoli Houses), Warren Brown (Daily Telegraph /ABC), Eric Goossens (Gallipoli Houses)  and Rear Admiral Simon Harrington. (ret).

The Gallipoli Association was founded in 1969 by veterans, initially as an informal group. Its’ member-ship grew and now that the last muster of actual Gallipoli veterans are no longer amongst us the torch has been passed on to the descendants, military historians and enthusiasts alike. Anybody with an interest in the campaign can join and benefit from it magazine, in which articles of historical merit appear.

Piotr Nykiel, an academic with a MA in Turkish Studies & a PhD in History, today works at the Dep. of Turkish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow-Poland.  From 2000 till 2004 he was a diplomat at the Polish Embassy, Ankara. His 15 years' research on naval operations in the Dardanelles and the Ottoman Empire during WWI, resulted in a number of articles published in Polish maritime periodicals, “The Turkish Yearbook of Gallipoli Studies” and “The Gallipolian”.  His book on the naval operations in the Aegean from August 1914 till March 1915 will be published in Polish (with an English edition planned too). Piotr also has an interesting website.

Altay Atlı, an economist who studied in Turkey and Australia, is a frequent visitor of the peninsula. His interests however go beyond Gallipoli and cover all aspects of the Turkish involvement in the Great War. This interest resulted in a website titled Turkey’s War, one of the few English-language sources on the subject. Altay divides his time between preparing his doctorate and reading & writing about the war.

"friends of Gallipoli" at dinner after a day of walking the battlefields, f.l.t.r. : Austin Fennessy, Vice President of the Medal society of Ireland with a strong interest in the disbanded Irish Regiments, was not on his first, nor his last visit of the peninsula. In his spare time he researches and collects medals and militaria as does his “table neighbor”: Tim Sargeant from Australia.  Pat Callan, National Co-ordinator of the History in-service team was on his first trip but as can be seen on the picture is enjoying every second of it.
John Meyers from Australia was not on his “maiden trip”.  John is the co-author of the well known website Leaders of Anzac and he also is the driving force behind the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum in Maryborough Queensland. At the far end of the table are (left) Bill Sellars, an Australian journalist living in the peninsula and (right) Eric Goossens, “land lord” of the Gallipoli Houses. Next are Bill’s wife, Serpil Karacan Sellars, also a journalist and television producer and Trease Callan, Pat’s spouse.
Last but not least at the front on the right are Warwick Cary, medal collector and owner of Cary Corporation Pty Ltd medal shop and Seoirse Fennessy, Austin’s son and  … a founding member of “the next generation of friends of Gallipoli” …


In June 2009 members of the “Spirits of Gallipoli” project spent 2 weeks on the peninsula. The project looks at family aspects so that interested and related people can connect with these men through reference books, newspapers and general sources where photos and information on the men can be found. It aims to develop the soldiers as men, personalising them - as part of peoples' families, as individuals.

Left to right they are: Peter and Rieke Nash, Sandra McKessar, Kym Morris, Garry Snowdon, Kim Phillips, Ian Hennessey, Narelle Maxwell, Matthew and Catherine Hill, Barbara and Kim O’Connor.

Mat McLachlan is an author and TV producer whose passion is the first world war. His 2007 book "Walking with the Anzacs" is considered the definitive guide for Australians visiting the Western Front, and he is currently working on : ‘Walking with the Anzacs: Gallipoli’, which will be published later this year. He has been visiting Gallipoli since 2003 and is in his element when beating a path through the scrub in the footsteps of the original Anzacs!  Visit Mat McLachlan's website for more information.

In September 2005 the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association made a visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula. No need to say Kireçtepe, where the picture was taken, was one of the highlights of the trip.  Also present were members of the Connaught Rangers Association & Royal Munster Fusiliers Association.

From left to right (lower row):
Seamus Moriarty, Oliver Fallon (Connaught Rangers Association), Ali –the local guide-, Joe Loughnane (in front), Michael Lee (Royal Munster Fusiliers Association), David Buckley (in the back) and Sean Connolly.

And above are from right to left Tom Burke, president of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association and Philip Lecane, author of the book “the Leinster” who is now working on a book on the “River Clyde”.

For those looking for more information click on the name of the Regiments to go to the respective websites and for those who have information or documents they think might be useful to Philip Lecane for his book, click here to contact him.

"friends of Gallipoli" on Teketepe, f.l.t.r.: Michael Robson, Steve Chambers, Bill Sellars & Jonathan Saunders. Bill is an Australian journalist living in the peninsula,  Michael and Jonathan are regular visitors and Steve is the author of several books.

Haluk Oral, a Professor of Mathematics, started collecting documents, objects & recollections related to the battle of Ariburnu (Anzac) some 20 years ago.
In December 2007 this passion resulted in the publication of the book "Gallipoli 1915 - through Turkish eyes”, his first major work on the Campaign. In this book he traces the stories of people on both sides starting from an object or  document in his collection.

Jan Wositzky, an Australian storyteller and musician, came to Gallipoli in 2003 to perform a solo version of “Lest We Forget” (a show he performs frequently in Australia).
 He performed at Anzac Cove before the Dawn service for 8,000 people. For more details on this storyteller, musician & broadcaster go to Jan's website.

On 6th August 2007 a party of seven Australians arrived in Gallipoli -from the Western front- for the last leg of a "once in a lifetime" Pilgrimage.
Although most of them had never met before they have one thing in common : they all have a great interest in (and knowledge of) the Australian Light Horse units and are all active members of the forum of the same name.
If you have a question related to any of the Light Horse Regiments, do not hesitate to contact any of these enthousiasts at the LH Forum.

Before starting a 6 day detailled visit of the Gallipoli battlefields, under the guidance of legendary Kenan Çelik they helt a small ceremony -very becoming- on 7th August at 4.30 am at the Nek.
They were jointed at this ve
ry early hour by some of the local "Gallipolians".

left to right/front :  Haluk Oral, Bill Sellars, Serpil Karacan Sellars, Kim Winter, Jef Pickerd and Tim Lycett.
left to right/back : Eric Goossens, Abdul-lah Ayer, Tuna Crookshanks, Wayne Saillard, Heather Ford, Sigrid Pickerd and Andrew Pittaway.

Jul Snelders researched the Gallipoli Campaign for 20 years and was one of the best-known battlefield experts. His first-hand and personally collected materials, including photographs and carefully constructed maps comprised a wealth of knowledge nurturing those thirsty for such information about Gallipoli and resulted in a website certainly worth a visit.


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