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Women Warriors in the Dardanelles      

It is obvious that, there are many unknown aspects of the Dardanelles campaign. For example; Turkish women warriors, whom fought side by side with Mehmets, is a fact never been revealed yet.

In New Zealand and Australian archives and in the Anzac letters, it is possible to trace the hints of this subject. Here is the Australian newspaper The Ages' headline dated 8 September 1915:

"A woman sniper: had been shot in first action. A soldier called J.C. Davies in his letter addressed to his mother says:
".... On 18 May when I was shot, there was a sniper Turkish girl. She was beautiful, huge and aged 19 or 20. Throughout the day, she continuously fired her gun. Although she shot many of us, I felt sorry when an Australian has shot her. As we have caught her dead body, we found a man's body by her side. There were 52 bullets in her body. This war is horrible."

In the archives, there are some other letters and diaries about this subject. At this point, it is possible to think that the women snipers could be illusions the soldiers dreamed because of long-term wars. However, the comparisons between the letters mentioning the "Turkish Women Snipers" or the "Turkish Women Warriors" show that they were most probably real. In short, there is much concealed point in the Dardanelles Campaign waiting to be illuminated.

 

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