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Day Four

Another early start. This Kiwi was going to Gallipoli on a bus tour. After five hours of travel through industrial towns and Turkish countryside, the bus stopped so we could all have lunch at Eceabat (pronounced Itcherbut). It was here that we first met our guide Captain Ali.

Ali was a likeable grandfather figure. His face beamed with pride as we laughed at his stories of being told off by Mrs Ali. Being a submarine captain is the only job in the Turkish Military that has a maximum height restriction. It was an easy decision, he told us. Mrs Ali was the only woman from his village who was shorter than he was. Another easy decision.

Gallipoli is a small town that the peninsular is named after. Thirty minutes drive on from Gallipoli town we arrived at the War Museum. As Captain Ali was talking, our mood began to change. He talked of the intended landing spot, and the botched landing. The feeling of amazement by the Turkish people that anyone would choose ANZAC Cove to land, turning to anger that these ANZACs would travel to the other side of the world to attack them.



Other visitors to Gallipoli have met Captain Ali, such as this person in 2001, and another in 2001, and this person in 2003
The Gallipoli Peninsular has a long history

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