The Silence Of War

A disastrous campaign to secure the Dardenelles, a brave defense, a bloody conflict, and months of fruitless stalemate. The battle of Gallipoli at Anzac Cove, was one of the worst debacles of world war I, from start to finish, with a total of 130,784 dead and 261,554 wounded from both sides.

The poignant Lone Pine cemetery and memorial, is a testament to the courage and sacrifice of some of these brave young men. But more importantly to the pointless waste of war.

War reduces everything to silence.
Every soldier’s grave a place too loud for sleep.
~ E. Ethelbert Miller, “First Poem”

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

65 thoughts on “The Silence Of War

  1. Awesome. Nice job. Gallipoli is very important to we Kiwi’s. One of the most significant things in our small nations history. It’s good to such an artfully and respectfully put together post.

  2. thanks for the great poem:
    War reduces everything to silence.
    Every soldier’s grave a place too loud for sleep.”
    ~ E. Ethelbert Miller

  3. “Mustapha Kemal Ataturk’s personal message…”

    This says plenty about this great man. Thanks Madhu – I didn’t know this existed until I saw it in your post.

    Cheers, Eric

    1. His other famous words as a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 57th military regiment – “I do not order you to fight, I order you to die. In the time which passes until we die, other troops and commanders can come forward and take our places” -are supposed to have won them this battle, despite every single man being wounded or killed. The Turkish army apparently does not have a 57th regiment any more as a mark of respect to that ferocious defense.
      Attaturk seems to have been the only one who gained from this war!

    1. I don’t know Anita. Can you be sure there are no battle fronts like this in Iraq and Afghanistan? I don’t think the human species ever learns. Appreciate your visit and comment.

  4. Ataturk’ s message is so moving – every single time I read it.

    1. I know! And how ironical that he was the one mainly responsible for the valiant defense put up by the otherwise disorganised Ottoman forces!

  5. madhu, you deliver post after post! I am waiting for you to weave some magical knits around your national/local travels!

      1. Ofcourse , I do like what you write about …and i am hooked on! I just felt like hearing about what’s around you in your style of story telling, that’s all !

        1. I don’t have very many photos from my earlier travels in India, or even from Spain and Greece! And we are consciously doing the farther destinations before we get too old for trans Atlantic flights. But soon I hope. Planning to visit Kolkata this independence weekend. Have you read my Mangalore posts?

  6. Too many people forget about the tragedies of WWI and WWII. Lovely tribute. Thank-you for sharing.

  7. I think the lone pine tree speaks volumes in the photograph with the graves.

  8. this would be the best time of year to view this area – in April, courtesy of Australians & New Zealanders, you probably wouldn’t be able to get near it.

    1. I heard so. Saw a photo online, in which hundreds of people were camped onsite awaiting the dawn ceremonies on April 25!

      1. yes, which is a bit sad. Much of the development going on in an area that should be left alone is because of Australians & the Turks cashing in on it. Apparently, for 2015, they’re planninga lottery because the numbers will be overwhelming.
        I think it would be a place to be reflective at any time of year myself.

  9. Great shot – I am very interested in history – many cemeteries tell the story of some of them that made a difference – I myself have many family members who sacrificed the most expensive they had – their lives – in military service for Australia, England and Canada in WW2 and in australian service in France WW1 – many Danish did that… 😉

    1. Had no idea Ledrakenoir! I know several regiments from (British) India were sent as part of the commonwealth forces against popular consent. In fact 1358 of them died in Anzac Cove and over 3000 were wounded.

  10. Excellent selection for silence. In silent tribute to fallen soldiers who gave their lives for us all.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    1. Thanks Francine. This cemetery was so much more poignant than any other I have visited.

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