Then And Now
Gallipoli. Virtually unheard of prior to 1915, the very name of the Turkish peninsula bordering the Dardanelles now conjures up visions of privation and hardship and death which even surpass the horrors of the trench warfare on the Western Front. The barren landscape — of no value itself other than for its command of the seaway — was the backdrop to an horrific campaign between April 1915 and January 1916 in which upwards of 100,000 men lost their lives. Steve’s dedication in seeking out the precise spots depicted in the contemporary photographs, in spite of heavy undergrowth, thorns, snakes, and the like, can really only be appreciated by those who have visited the battlefield — still unspoiled by modern civilisation, save for the scattered cemeteries and memorials which dot the landscape.