Friday November 27, 2020

The Turkish song of the damned

One hundred years ago this month, the sea off the Gallipoli peninsula was stained red with the blood of countless soldiers, many of them Irish, writes Brendan Daly

22nd April, 2015
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When you push through the simple wooden gate, you enter sacred ground. Enclosed by a smooth, white limestone wall is an exposed plot of sun-scorched grass speckled with stone tablets. On one side the land climbs abruptly to the ancient fort of Sedd-el-Bahr, while below the glistening Aegean Sea ebbs almost imperceptibly along a deserted beach.

On a bright summer morning on April 25, 1915 – one hundred years ago this month – men from...

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