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War Museum Marks Gallipoli Centenary


The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is marking the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli with a new photographic exhibition. Gallipoli – Three Perspectives presents 24 official and candid photographs which reveal the difficult conditions endured by Australian, New Zealand and Ottoman soldiers as they struggled for control of the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. The photographs document the drawn-out battle from the point of view of the major players, showing the punishing terrain, heavy casualties and atrocious living conditions experienced by all sides, but they also portray the courage, endurance and camaraderie of the troops. No Canadian forces fought at Gallipoli, but the exhibition touches on Canada’s indirect support – running several military hospitals and treating casualties in Cairo, Egypt, and on the Greek island of Lemnos. Infantrymen from Newfoundland (not yet a Canadian province) served at Gallipoli with the British 29th Division. The exhibit runs through May 6.