EMU Hosted a Panel on “18 March Canakkale Victory and Commemoration of Martyrs

Martyrs of Canakkale were commemorated at a panel organised by the Eastern Mediterranean University Ataturk Research and Application Center (ATAUM) at Mustafa Afsin Ersoy Hall at 2:30 p.m. on 18 March 2019. Titled 18 March Canakkale Victory and Commemoration of Martyrs, the panel had a large student turnout. During the event, EMU ATAUM Chair Assist. Prof. Dr. Turgay Bulent GAlkturk, EMU ATAUM Executive Board Member and EMU Faculty of Law Academic Staff Member Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan and EMU ATAUM academic staff member Suheyla GAlkturk delivered speeches.

The War of Canakkale Should Be Well Analysed

Following a moment of silence and the national anthem, EMU ATAUM Chair Assist. Prof. Dr. Turgay Bulent GAlkturk delivered a presentation titled Canakkale with Its Military and Political Aspects. In his speech, Assist. Prof. Dr. GAlkturk stated that others will determine the boundaries of those who are not aware of their history. In this respect, Assist. Prof. Dr. GAlkturk added that Canakkale War should be well analysed and necessary lessons should be learned from this war. He also stated that Canakkale War should be analysed with a careful consideration of scientific documents and in an objective manner and be transferred to future generations, accordingly. Assist. Prof. Dr. GAlkturk also said that Canakkale Victory is a symbol of the Turkish soldiers’ resistance, spirit of sacrifice and their love of nation. Assist. Prof. Dr. GAlkturk went on to state that the success of the Turkish Army against the world’s most well-equipped armies is a measure of its value.

Unknown Facts about the War

EMU Faculty of Law Academic Staff Member and EMU ATAUM Executive Board Member Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan delivered a presentation titled General Hamilton’s Disappointment in Canakkale. During the aforesaid presentation Prof. Dr. Turgut Turhan talked about the disappointment of enemy forces during Canakkale War. Prof. Dr. Turhan also provided information about the events that are known to only a few people.

The last speaker of the panel, EMU ATAUM Academic Staff Member Suheyla GAlkturk delivered a presentation titled A Leader is Born in Canakkale: Mustafa Kemal. Delivering her speech with the support of rare photos of Canakkale from the Chief of Army General Staff’s Archive, Suheyla GAlkturk stated that at the beginning of World War I, Mustafa Kemal, who was a Military Attache in Sofia, Bulgaria, joined the Canakkale War as a volunteer to repay his homeland and nation. Suheyla GAlkturk also added that prior to the war, German General Liman Von Sanders Pasha, head of the Ottoman army, believed that the British invasion to Canakkale would be made from the Gulf of Saros, and especially from Bolayir. However, Commander Mustafa Kemal stated that the aforesaid invasion would start from Anafartalar Region, more specificly from Alcitepe and Kocacimen zones. The developments proved Mustafa Kemal right.

The Long-Missed Victory of 200 Years

GAlkturk stated that after the heroic struggle of the Turkish Army in Canakkale War, the British Forces started to withdraw from trenches in Canakkale on 19 and 20 December 1915. GAlkturk also added that Mustafa Kemal shared with the Turkish Nation all his plans, decisions, orders, successes, problems and determination in Canakkale War with two important documents titled ‘A Historical Account of Anafartalar Wars’ and ‘Ariburnu War Report’. GAlkturk added that the information provided by Mustafa Kemal in the aforesaid documents was also confirmed by the memoirs of other commanders participating in the War of Canakkale as well as the military documents in the state archive. GAlkturk put forth that based on these, one can clearly see what kind of commander Mustafa Kemal was in Canakkale. GAlkturk finalised her presentation by stating that Mustafa Kemal gave the Turkish Nation the pleasure of having a long-missed victory of 200 years.

Following the presentations, a documentary titled Canakkale cannot be Trespassed was screened. The panel finished with a mini exhibition displaying the materials collected at Canakkale Warzone.

Source: Eastern Mediterranean University