I, probably like most Aussies, know of Gallipoli as the staging ground for a battle during the First World War. This is the place where the ANZAC tradition began and, as we are soon to celebrate that day, I thought I would look at some of the newspaper articles from the times when it was happening.
I bet that pretty much everyone only thinks of Gallipoli in that way, you know, like it was a place just going about its business then one day a whole bunch of people bent on battle turned up one day in 1915 and spent time killing each other then packed up a few months later and went home. I was interested to find that when I put Gallipoli in the search engine and specified the articles to come up chronologically that this is a place that had involvement in wars long before the ANZACs turned up and gave us a concrete memory to attach to the place.
This article from The Courier 20th July 1854 shows that in the Crimean War (1853-1856) the British, French and Turks were in Gallipoli in sailing ships and more than 30,000 French and British troops were encamped there waiting for fair winds for them to join the war against the Russians further up the coast.
In the Crimean war the British (and others) were in Gallipoli with the Turks allied against the Russians. 60 years later in the First World War they were fighting each other in the same place.
The information in this article shows how far technology has advanced in the 157 years since. They were waiting in sailing ships for better winds, the on ground transports were horses so half of their stores would have been to keep them going, and the ‘latest intelligence’ was more than two months old. We are still fighting though. We might have better tech but we are still doing the same stuff. Less mass death on the battlefield now though, so I suppose that is one benefit.