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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65 thoughts on “The Silence Of War

    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!

    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.

  1. “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!

  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. 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.

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