This wiki is to enable online written work to be shared between the students at Burak Bora Anatolian High School in Istanbul and the students at Shore School in Sydney.

Theatre for Australian school made by Turkish students:

A quick video which introduces the Australian class:
We are sorry that the audio volume is so poor, but at least you can see what we look like!

A video that describes the Turkish students:

A video from another Turkish school:

Shore School website:

Burak Bora Anatolian High School website:

Gallipoli - Memorial at Anzac Cove by Ataturk.
"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…You are now living in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."Ataturk, 1934

Questions from Shore School:

1. What was Turkey's role in World War One?
2. What was it like for Turkish women and children who stayed home during the war?
3. Are your soldiers who fought remembered as heroes or just people who were doing their duty?
4. Do you hold a remembrance service for soldiers who died in World War One?
5. Is the Gallipoli campaign a major part of Turkish history?
6. How much do you know about Australian involvement in the war?


Answers from Burak Bora Anatolian High School:

1. Firstly, during the First World War, our country was called Ottoman Empire. Ottoman Empire was becoming weaker and weaker each year and the government couldn't stop the regression. Although the regression, Ottoman Empire had a large location, which makes the Ottoman Empire a strong alliance. Also Ottoman Empire had Bosphorouses. So the Empire was strong as strategicly, too. The Young Turk government believed that Germany would be the winner of the war so they had signed a secret treaty with Germany. Germany wanted us as an allie because of the geostrategic importance and military force. That's the role of Ottoman Empire in the World War One.

2. Of course it was difficult for them to wait at home, while their husbands and sons were fighting for glory. But they didn't just sit and wait or cry. They were knitting some clothes for soldiers which was really necessary. By the way there were hundreds of women who were carrying guns, bullets behind the scene with their babies on their back at the same time. No matter how hard it was, they knew it was a life and death situation.

3. Of course, they were heroes because they fought for our independence and glory.


Answers from Shore School students:

1. What do you think of the Turkish people in WWI?

People have many different opinions about the Turkish people in WWI. Most people recognise that the Turks were just defending their country from attack. The only reason that the Turkish soldiers were killing Australian soldiers was because Australian soldiers were invading their homeland. We feel that the Turkish soldiers were the same as the Australian soldiers, in the sense that both were just trying to do their duty.

2. How did the war affect you?

It didn't really affect most of us at all. For some of us, our great great grandfathers died in the war, which would have been very hard for the relatives at the time. One way that the war affects us all today is by how much it hurts to think of all the people who died in the war and the families of all the soldiers. Also, some people argue that we have more freedom today as a result of the war, but we are not sure about this point.

A must-seen documentary about the Gallipoli campaign during the World War 1. You can watch the trailer on Youtube link below.


IMDB Link:

The Gallipoli Campaign changed the fate of Anatolia and was one of the milestones in history. The eventual Turkish victory was brought by the heroic Turkish soldiers’ conviction and partiotism. As we gratefully and respectfully remember the soldiers who selflessly sacrificed themselves to fulfill their orders, we leave you with a selection of statements on the matter by contemporary figures.

“Having battled the Turks and lost thousands of our poeple, we parted from Gallipoli Peninsula with great appreciation and admiration for the heroic Turkish nation and its peerless patriotism.”
-Lord Casey, Governor General of Australia

“It is impossible to explain Gallipoli as a soldier. What is the meaning of a human composite of steel, moral might, and patriotism? The answer to this question was this very unimposing, God-fearing, and quiet Anatolian child himself.”
-Marshal Otto Liman von Sanders

“I don’t want to believe it, but it’s true. The Allied armada has been defeated in the face of Turkish defense.”
-Winston Churchill, Former First Lord of Admiralty and UK Prime Minister

“… Indeed, it is impossible to defeat the human spirit. No army on earth can remain standing this long. We are fighting against the excellently commanded, courageously fighting Turkish army.”
-Sir Ian Hamilton, British Army General

It is a project that aims to present all the actions on the front through the battles of 1915, exactly at the moment they took place 97 years ago. NTV Tarih (NTV History) will be travelling to the Gallipoli Peninsula in the year 1915 as though through a time tunnel, bringing all the incidents seen and narrated by witnesses to our time. This coverage takes in all incidents on both the Turkish and Allied sides.

The texts will be carried on Twitter, simultaneously in Turkish and English, on the links given below.

The project began on March 18, 2012, on the 97th anniversary of the Allied naval assault on the Dardanelles, at 11 A.M.,with President Abdullah Gül's first tweet and it will last until January 9, 2013, the 97th anniversary of the day British forces left Gallipoli and a decisive victory was gained on the Gallipoli front by the defenders, that is, a total of 274 days.

For more info: (English) (Turkish)

Follow the project on Twitter:!/Canakkale_Canli (Turkish)!/Gallipoli_Live (English)