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Sleepwalkers Of The Gallipoli Peninsula (K-169) [WWI]

 
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 Posted 10/15/2021  11:25 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add NetJohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This Karl Goetz medal commemorates the massive defeat of the Allied forces at the battle of Gallipoli in Turkey, a British campaign originally championed by then First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill.

Allied forces (mostly ANZAC, soldiers from Australian and New Zealand) landed on the Gallipoli peninsula to be able to control the Dardenelles, the straights going through Turkey to the Sea of Marmara and then to Istanbul and the Black Sea. The intent was to control the straights to reduce reinforcing forces from the Ottoman Empire from assisting in continental Europe.

This battle can best be described as a tragedy, as the British and ANZAC forces never controlled the straights and lost many men.

Cataloged as Kienast 169. Bronze (heavily patina-ed), about 58 mm. May also be available in cast iron.



(I may have obverse and reverse swapped, I've seen it presented both ways.)

From my personal collection.

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 Posted 10/16/2021  12:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ANZAC Day 25th April is a National Holiday in Australia.
One of my great uncles was killed when he landed at Anzac Cove on that day in 1915. He was born in Ireland.

Today the Turkish and Australian soldiers revere each other.
In the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, there hangs a life size portrait of a Turkish born Australian who volunteered for military service in Vietnam.

Perhaps Bob Dylan's 'Universal Soldier' has some credence to it
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 Posted 10/18/2021  5:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NetJohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the additional information, sel_69l. I wasn't sure how much to go into the ANZAC soldiers. Sorry that your family was affected by this battle. There is a lot of blame in Churchill for this and a lot of feelings around.

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 Posted 10/19/2021  07:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another great historical art medal! Thanks for posting!

Keep 'em coming!



Collecting history one coin or medal at a time! (c) commems. All rights reserved.
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