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The Short War of Private William Arthur White

It stands at the southernmost tip of the Gallipoli peninsular, a 30-metre tall gleaming white limestone monument to 20,905 British Empire servicemen who died in the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War and have no known graves. Standing at the highest point of the cape, amidst rolling fields that were themselves the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting of the campaign, it dominates the nearby Mehmetçik lighthouse, rivalling it as a beacon to guide ships into the entrance to the Dardanelles, the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia.From the monument, it is easy to see why the cape is of such historic significance. Just across the strait lies the old fort of Kum Kale and the site of ancient Troy. To the north-west are the islands of Imbros and Samothrace. Between them lay the Palace of Thetis, home to the mother of Achilles the greatest Greek hero of the Trojan War. Towering Samothrace was also the site of an ancient temple complex known as the Sanctuary of the Great G…

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