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Respect to Mehmetçik Monument

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Type  Statue
Opened  1997
Material  Bronze
Designer  Tankut Öktem
Respect to Mehmetçik Monument httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Location  Eceabat, Çanakkale Province, Turkey
Opening date  1997; 20 years ago (1997)
Dedicated to  Turkish soldier at Gallipoli Campaign
Similar  New Zealand Memorial, Troy VII, Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Kabatepe

The Respect to Mehmetçik Memorial (Turkish: Mehmetçiğe Saygı Anıtı) is a monument in the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey. Mehmetçik is a common name given to soldiers in a war.

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Geography

The monument is in Eceabat district of Çanakkale Province at about 40°12′N 26°17′E. It is situated in the southern end of Albayrak heights in the Gallipoli Historical National Park which is facing the Anzac Cove

History

The monument has been created by the Turkish sculptor Tankut Öktem (1941–2007) in 1997.

Theme

The monument is a sculpture of a Turkish soldier carrying an Australian officer. The sculpture is based on an event in the Dardanelles Campaign of the World War I in which a Turkish soldier, after raising a white flag, carried a wounded Australian officer to Australian lines and returned to his lines before resuming the clash. There is also an inscription of a statement made by Lord Richard Casey then a lieutenant and the staff captain with the 3rd Brigade in the Australian army, during a visit to Turkey about his respect to Turkish army.

References

Respect to Mehmetçik Monument Wikipedia


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