12 Aug '12, 5am

Tortoise, 98, Witnessed Gallipoli and Outlived Owner

Tortoise, 98, Witnessed Gallipoli and Outlived Owner

A retired tortoise breeder is seeking to return a 98-year-old tortoise, Blake, to his native home , the beaches of Gallipoli in Turkey. According to the Telegraph , back in 1916, a British serviceman now only remembered as Mr. Marris took the tortoise from the beach in Turkey “as shells rained overhead” in the Gallipoli Campaign , which is regarded as one of the greatest disasters for the Allies in World War I. Gallipoli is located near the Dardanelles, a narrow strait in northern Turkey. The British and French, with volunteer soldiers from Australia and New Zealand as well as British India, undertook the campaign to secure a sea route to Russia (because Germany and Austria-Hungary controlled access to land routes at that time) and also to capture Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The Allies lost in what was regarded as a major victory for Turkey (whose troops w...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/tortoise-98-witnessed-gallipo...

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