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The 100th Anniversary of Turkish Victory Against Imperialism

Turks celebrate the 100th anniversary of the "18 March Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day" which is an epic battle for Turkish nation which defeated the advanced navies of imperialist forces despite limited resources, under the leadership of great commander Mustafa Kemal ATATURK.

Turks celebrate the 100th anniversary of the "18 March Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day" which is an epic battle for Turkish nation which defeated the advanced navies of imperialist forces despite limited resources, under the leadership of great commander Mustafa Kemal ATATURK.

This poignant day of remembrance marks the cataclysmic, months-long violence of the Gallipoli Campaign when Ottoman forces suffered huge losses defending Turkish shores from the invading Allies in WWI on March 18, 1915.

The anniversary was celebrated in many countries, including the UK, Netherlands, Pakistan, Israel, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Egypt and Australia.

A cultural institute in Turkey will host 25 students from Azerbaijan, starting from Thursday, for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli as part of a project called “History in its place.”

On Wednesday, young Turks flocked to the Gallipoli Peninsula to mark this victory of Ataturk and pay homage to those who fell during the battles of 1915 despite the ruling AKP's efforts on blocking the "Great Çanakkale March on the Way to Land and Freedom," in the 100th anniversary of the Çanakkale Victory.

The victory of Çanakkale

The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign, the Battle of Gallipoli or the Battle of Çanakkale was a campaign of World War I that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916.

The peninsula forms the northern bank of the Dardanelles, a strait that provides a sea route to what was then the Russian Empire, one of the Allied powers during the war. Intending to secure it, Russia's allies Britain and France launched a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula with the eventual aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Istanbul. The naval attack was repelled and, after eight months' fighting, with many casualties on both sides, the land campaign also failed and the invasion force was withdrawn to Egypt.

The struggle formed the basis for the Turkish War of Independence and the declaration of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who first rose to prominence as a commander at Gallipoli.

A hundred years ago, Turkish troops led by the then colonel Mustafa Kemal pushed an Allied force off the peak of Chunuk Bair, sealing the Ottoman victory in the Gallipoli Campaign.

This battle made Mustafa Kemal a national hero, winning him the title of the Hero of Anafartalar (the region near the hills of Chunuk Bair), four years before he launched the War of Independence and became the founder father of modern Turkey.

Victory against the imperialist forces gave Turkey a massive moral boost, which enabled it to wage a war of independence and to eventually form a secular-democratic republic in 1923 over the ashes of the destroyed Ottoman reign.

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