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Gallipoli Stirling Commemorations

4-6 June 2015

An allied naval and military operation on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, the campaign aimed to force the Dardanelles strait and secure entry to the Black Sea, capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (now Istanbul).

The Allies were unsuccessful, and by the end of the nine month campaign, over 100,000 men from both sides of the conflict had lost their lives, with nearly half a million casualties in total.

On 4 June 1915, the 52nd Lowland Division, including many Scottish battalions, landed on the peninsula to fight. To mark the 100-year anniversary of their arrival in Gallipoli, the city of Stirling, where the Division carried out its training, hosted three days of commemorative events, including a schoolchildren’s poppy field installation and a lecture from distinguished military historian Professor Sir Hew Strachan.

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