Prof. Dr. Muhittin Tuş talks about Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs Commemoration Day
Prof. Dr. Tuş said the Ottoman Empire didn’t intend to enter the First World War, however, Germany dragged them into the war to occupy the allied powers in the front lines and to support German Units.
He explains that English soldiers were encouraged to join the army by saying, “You will make an exotic journey to Hagia Sophia, the most important center of Christianity, not the war.” This was a clear evidence that they were not expecting any resistance in Çanakkale.
Tuş mentioned that Churchill demanded to attack Gelibolu since the war was announced. Attacking the Ottoman Empire's weakest point would bring a great political and military victory.
Tuş said despite the weaknesses of the military, with the efforts of many heroes and thousands of martyrs the enemy troops were stopped. After the Battle of Çanakkale, Turkish soldiers changed the course of world history. Turkish army showed unexpected heroism in Çanakkale. He quotes Mustafa Kemal’s famous saying that, “I do not order you to attack, I order you to die. Until we die in the time passes other forces might take our place.”
Tuş concludes saying, “With the victory obtained in Çanakkale, I would like to express my gratitude to all of our veterans, especially Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and commemorate them with respect.”