The world at war

The world at war

© Robin Clutterbuck

‘At Gallipoli the Great War became a World War’.  Soldiers came from every continent to fight there, as you can see from this map (click on it for a larger version).

Today, every country looks back and sees a different story: here are some different attitudes to Gallipoli.

 

 

Here, historian Sir Hew Strachan describes how the Gallipoli Campaign opened out the European war into a world war.  The armies were multi-national forces drawn from all over the world.  Britain, France and Ottoman Turkey brought soldiers from many parts of their empires, and Germany hoped that the Gallipoli Campaign would draw French and British troops away from the Western Front.  Unlike the Western Front, Gallipoli became a fight between largely Christian and largely Muslim peoples.