Çanakkale - Road to peace out of war 15 Oct 2015 - 14 Nov 2016The Armoury, free with Museum entry Image supplied. These photographs commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Çanakkale, also known as the Gallipoli Campaign. The exhibition content has been created by the Turkish Government and has been made available to Auckland Museum through a collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in New Zealand. In late 1914, the Ottoman Empire joined Germany and the other Central Powers in the First World War. The following year, the Turkish nation sent its troops to defend the Strait of Çanakkale, known to the Allies as the Dardanelles. The ensuing battles, fought on land and sea, continued for almost a year, with the Turkish troops providing unexpected resistance. Inspired by the astute leadership of Lt. Col. Mustafa Kemal and others, the Turks forced the evacuation of the Allied Forces in December 1915, proving a major turning point in the First World War. But it came at a terrible cost, with more than 500,000 casualties on both sides. As we commemorate the battle, we remember all soldiers who acted with dignity, gallantry and humanity. Instead of bitterness, the legacy of war forged an enduring and unique friendship between Turkey and New Zealand as well as a lasting yearning for peace.