A REAL STORY REFLECTING THE EXCITEMENT OF THOSE DAYS IN 1915
Year 1945. One of the two Anzac officers who had fallen captive during Aręburnu Landing in 25th April 1915, came over to visit the war area with his wife where he faught 30 years ago. But, in 1945, Gallipoli Peninsula was a restricted area and Turkish General Staff Permission was compulsory to get in. When Anzac officer applied to TGS for permission, he was helped by an Airforce General Tekin Aręburun, Chief of Air Force Division in that time, whose father was the Commander of the famous 57th regiment at Gallipoli. Three days permission was given to the visitors and general Tekin asked them to come and visit his family in Ankara when they returned back from Gallipoli,
General Tekin Aręburunwas only 8 years old when his father died in action at Gallipoli and was living in longing of him for many years.
Anzac officer and his wife returned to Ankara from Gallipoli and were met by General Aręburun, who had taken them to his house and lead them to the guest room.
While he was in the kitchen, preparing something to offer them, he heard a phrase in english like "This was the commander taken us as a captive". His fathers' picture was handing on the wall in uniform with kalpak (a haed gear of astrakhan). He was lestening the war memories of his father told by his fathers' living friends...
The conversation vent on as follows:
Two Anzac Officers fallen in captive during Aręburnu Landing were taken to the tent of 57th regiment Commander. They were both shivering. Regiment Commanders offered them something and interrogated them to get some information, due to the regulation, their pistols, field-glasses and Bibles were taken. But, in return some other gifts were also given them by Commander. However their excitement was still continuing.
General Aręburun, recalled all stories told him before, went to the drawer at hall and pulled out the Bible covered by ivory, pistol and field-glases.
Visitor: "A... my belongings !"
General Aręburun: "Why were you shivering continuously in my fathers' tent ?"
Visitor: "Look, I am still living today, my other friend is also living in Australia. You father treated us as if we were guests. We are indebted to him for his behaviour that he showed us. I was ashamed of his noble treatment in his tent, but I was not able to explain this to him personally. However, I tried to tell to those soldiers by signal who were taken us as captives. Now I am telling you:
One day before landing, the Army Commander spoken to us, stated that "Never fall in captive to the Turks, fight to die.. May be, they are cannibals and you might be eaten." Fighting with Turks, we happened to know a noble nation closely and had chance to see how they were suffering and sacrificing themselves to protect their Motherland."