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Turkish Soldier Carrying a Wounded ANZAC Soldier, Gallipoli

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This statue is based on at least one actual event. A wounded soldier of the Australian New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) lay wounded on the battlefield, crying out for help, between the ANZAC and Turkish lines. A Turkish soldier, overcome by compassion for his enemy, found a white piece of cloth. Taking his life into his own hands and waving the white cloth over his head, the Turkish soldier left his trench and walked into "no man's land" between the ANZAC and Turkish trenches. He went to the enemy soldier, picked him up, and carried him to the enemy lines, where he could be cared for. The Turkish soldier then made his way back to his own trench. His act of compassion and courage, risking his life for his enemy, undoubtedly contributed to the ANZAC solders' respect and appreciation for the Turks they had been sent to fight.


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