Perhaps the rules of war,
which I did not even pretend to know, allowed humans to suffer.
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.
(London-1977), Joe Murray, p. 60-61
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
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
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
He is an occasional contributor to the BBC and is a familiar face on the
military history speaker's circuit in the UK.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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” …
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
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
From left to right (lower row):
Oliver Fallon (Connaught Rangers Association), Ali –the local guide-,
Joe Loughnane (in front),
(Royal Munster Fusiliers Association),
(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
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
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 very 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.
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.