A spe­cial Gal­lipoli com­mem­o­ra­tion

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A spe­cial Gal­lipoli com­mem­o­ra­tion

The words ‘Chunuk Bair’ res­onate like few oth­ers down the decades of New Zealand mil­i­tary his­tory. It is a place of his­toric sig­nif­i­cance that echoes sac­ri­fice, tragedy and hero­ism, where sol­diers fought coura­geously and lives were lost.

For the third con­sec­u­tive year, Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil is host­ing ‘Chunuk Bair: Gal­lipoli Com­mem­o­ra­tion’ in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Massey Univer­sity and the Cen­te­nary His­tory Project.

This year, or­gan­is­ers are de­lighted to have Me­sut Uyar, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of New South Wales, pre­sent­ing on ‘The Au­gust Of­fen­sive and the Ot­tomans: A Face­less Army’. He will dis­cuss the his­toric bat­tle from a Turk­ish per­spec­tive.

A grad­u­ate of the Turk­ish Mil­i­tary academy, Uyar com­pleted an MA in pol­i­tics and a PhD in In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at Is­tan­bul Univer­sity. He has also served as a pla­toon leader, and com­pany and bat­tal­ion com­man­der in var­i­ous in­fantry units, com­plet­ing sev­eral tours as a United Na­tions mil­i­tary ob­server.

Also speak­ing is Anna Rogers, a re­spected au­thor and ed­i­tor. Anna is cur­rently writ­ing a his­tory of New Zealand’s med­i­cal ser­vices in the First World War and will be pre­sent­ing ‘Get­ting it Wrong: Med­i­cal Mat­ters at Gal­lipoli’.

Chunuk Bair: Gal­lipoli Com­mem­o­ra­tion is on Tues­day Au­gust 8 5.30pm – 8pm at Dis­tinc­tion Ho­tel. You must reg­is­ter by Au­gust 4 to at­tend at www.massey.ac.nz/ chunuk­bair.

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