"HISTORIC NATIONAL PARK ON GELIBOLU PENINSULA" Top 5 Page for this destination Gallipoli by balhannah

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It was here, where a successful campaign of the Turkish Army, drove out the Allies from the area.

It is here, that "WE REMEMBER THEM" Turkish people, as well as Australians like me.

It is here, when you are a Mother, that you wonder what it must have been like for the parents of these young men.

It is here, when the Bugler plays the 'LAST POST" that tears form in our eyes, and we hope, that we will never experience an event like this ever again.


A SAD AUSTRALIAN SONG.............................


When I was a young man I carried my pack
And lived the free life of the rover
From the Murray's Green Basin to the dusty outback
I waltzed my Matilda all over
Then in 1915 my country said "Son,
It's time to stop rambling, there's work to be done."
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
And they sent me away to the war

And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As the ship pulled away from the quay
Amidst all the cheers, flag waving and tears
We sailed off for Gallipoli

It's well I remember that terrible day
Our blood stained the sands and the waters
And how in that hell that they called Souvla Bay
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter
Johnny Turkey' was ready, he'd primed himself well
He rained us with bullets and he showered us with shell
And in five minutes flat he'd blown us all to hell
Nearly blew us right back to Australia

And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we stopped to bury our slain
We buried ours and the Turks buried theirs
Then it started all over again

Those who were living did their best to survive
In that mad world of death, blood and fire
For ten weary weeks I kept myself alive
While around me the corpses piled higher
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse-over-head
And when I awoke in my hospital bed
And saw what it had done, Christ, I wished I was dead
Never knew there were worse things than dying

For no more I'll go waltzing Matilda
All around the green bush far and near
For to hang tents and pegs a man needs two legs
No more waltzing Matilda for me

They collected the wounded, the crippled and maimed
And shipped us back home to Australia
The armless, the legless, the blind and insane
The proud, wounded heroes of Souvla
And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay
I looked at the place where my legs used to be
And thanked Christ there was no one there waiting for me
To mourn and to grieve and to pity

And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As they carried us down the gangway
But nobody cheered, they just stood there and stared
Then they turned all their faces away

So now every April I sit on my porch
And watch the parade pass before me
I see my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reliving their days of past glory
I see the old men all twisted and torn
The tired old heroes of a forgotten war
And the young people ask me "What are they marching for?"
And I ask myself the same question

And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
And the old men still answer the call
Year after year, their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll go a'waltzing Matilda with me?

To hear the song, cut and paste this You Tube link.

Thanks Sergey for a great idea!

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  • In a nutshell:A very sad place.
  • Last visit to Gallipoli: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Feb 2, 2013
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Unfortunately I haven't been there when was touring Turkey in 2008, and your page provides interesting information for me. When reading it I was listening
    Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
    I suggest you to make a link on it in your intro where you put the poem...

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Thankyou Sergey, I have done what you suggested, a very good idea.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    This must have been very moving for you as an Australian. Ive never been there but from your telling it was a respectful tribute.

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    good virtual tour, as I will probably never get there; so interesting about the pines trees planted in OZ from this area! and so sad about the almost 100 yrs ago young boy.....

  • sylina's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Enjoy very much reading your tips.. I visited the other Gallipoli in Puglia - Italy. Similar coast view but very different background.. Didn't know about the history of this part before reading your page. Thanks for sharing.. May peace on earth...

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Very interesting tips and commentary.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Well done Dee. Our tour has overnight stay Canakkale, then takes ferry to peninsula, then continues onto Istanbul.

  • Nuclei's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    And it says, as Ataturk responded to one of the Australian mother's letter: Mothers who sent your sons to fight to far distances, wipe your tears, they passed their souls away in this soil, now your sons are our sons.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    A nice look at where Australia and modern Turkey both became independent nations. What is sadder for Australia are the large cemeteries and memorials that are found in the Somme which would come later.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Interesting page, I'd like to see Gallipoli someday. The Peter Weir movie "Gallipoli" was one of the saddest movies I've ever seen, such brave young men.

  • K.Knight's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    Now this is a great page! Anne and I have been to Kokoda in PNG, the Somme and the beaches of Normandy in France , Tobruk in Egypt and the River Kwai in Thailand. I still have an empty feeling as I am yet to visit Gallipoli.


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