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Join Us In Gallipoli – With Lt Col Peter Sweeney (Ret’d)

"Those Heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives .. You are now living in  the soil of a friendly country, therefore rest in Peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lay side by side, here in this Country of ours ... You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well!" Ataturk, 1934

“Those Heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives .. You are now living in the soil of a friendly country, therefore rest in Peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lay side by side, here in this Country of ours … You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well!” Ataturk, 1934

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired) joined the Australian Army Reserve (Infantry Corps) as an Officer Cadet in 1966 and served, raising through the ranks until he officially retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000. He has received a number of Awards and Commendations during his service, and during his service and since retirement has travelled to a number of Historical Battlefields across the world including Gallipoli, Islawanda, Rorkes Drift, Pearl Harbour and Normandy to name a few. Today Peter is a Gallipoli Specialist and member of the Guild Of Battlefield Guides (UK).

We have been incredibly lucky to have Peter ask to lead two great departures to Gallipoli in 2015 – the year, 100 years on from when the ANZAC Forces landed in the Dardanelles during World War I.

11 days, Australia to Australia, we spend a brief time in Istanbul before heading down to the Dardanelles for an in-depth look at the battlefields of the Gallipoli Campaign. From Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, where the Australian and New Zealand Forces were stationed. To Kabatepe, and the Turkish positions, to the French area of operation in Cape Hellas to Sulva Bay in the North where the British Landed.

We have 2 fantastic departures, one in July and one in October, for more information, read on ..

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Gallipoli, 100th Anniversay Tour

hp photosmart 720The visitation of Anzac Cove and the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Dardanelles over ANZAC Day (25th April) has become something of a pilgrimage for many Australians, especially in recent years … and next year, 2015, is the 100th Commemoration of the Landings at Anzac Cove in World War I, and it is turning into a huge year for attendance, with actual allowed places being drawn by Ballot.

If you would like to visit Gallipoli over the 100th Anniversary we have a fantastic tour available, with limited spaces, and the ability to help get you to the formal services if you are a ballot ticket holder, or you can join us at an informal gathering away from the cove.

For more information on our tour please click here!