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    Thousands commemorate World War I battle of Gallipoli

    Associated Press
    25.04.2009 - 10:25 | Son Güncelleme:

    CANAKKALE - Thousands of people have gathered on former battlefields in northwest Turkey to honor soldiers killed in the devastating World War I Battle of Gallipoli 94 years ago.

    New Zealand's Governor General Anand Satyanand and Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith joined Turkish officials for a solemn dawn service remembering soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and other allied nations who died in the campaign.

    On April 25, 1915, troops under British command landed on the Gallipoli peninsula to wage an ill-fated campaign against the Ottoman Turks.

    The Allies recorded 55,000 killed. Turkish casualties were estimated at 250,000.

    Visiting the battlefields has become a pilgrimage for many Australians and New Zealanders.

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