"Chunuk Bair - for the New Zealand soldiers" Gallipoli Things to Do Tip by al2401
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Between the 7thto 19th August 1915 the battle of Chunuk Bair was waged between the New Zealand / British forces and the Turks. The Allies succeeded (it was the frist battle win for the Allied troops) but the Ottomans reclaimed the territory after a few days.
It was during this battle that Mustafa Kemal Attaturk was shot in the chest. His life was saved by his pocket watch which absorbed the impact of the shot.
Records show this as one of the bloodiest battles of the Gallipoli campaign. 60,000 Allied lives and 10,000 Turkish lives lost.
The memorial at Chunuk Bair recoreds the names of over 800 soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died in battle in 1915 and have no known resting place. A nearby monument bears the inscription - IN HONOUR OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. 8TH AUGUST 1915. FROM THE UTTERMOST ENDS OF THE EARTH.
There is also a statue of Mustafa Kemal Attaturk with an inscription of the pedestal recording the event of his wounding.
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