March 18th Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs' Day Events

As part of “March 18th Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs' Day”, the two-day events organized by the History Club of our university were held with the participation of our students and academicians.

Organized with the support of Prof. İlhami Çolak, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Dr. Nurcan Dedeoğlu, Faculty Member of the Vocational School Medical Laboratory Techniques Department, and with the participation of our Rector Prof. Şenay Yalçın, "March 18th Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs' Memorial Day" program started with a speech about the importance of the day and its meaning and continued with the Çanakkale Epic Poem and the Letter of the Anzac Soldier’s Mother to Atatürk. The program ended with the folk songs performed by our Music Department student. It was broadcast live on digital platforms.

On the second day, the event titled "Çanakkale in the American Press", moderated by Assoc. Prof. Göknur Akçadağ, Head of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences Department of History, was held with the participation of Dr. Mehmet Arslan from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. At the event, topics were discussed including the positive and negative news about the image of the Turkish and the Battle of Çanakkale/Gallipoli in the American press.

Dr. Mehmet Arslan shared the anecdotes about the period and the battle with our students; “At that time, countries had to make agreements to provide land guarantees. Enver Pasha insisted on the Ottomans entering the war and preferred to be with Germany due to the military power of them. The first operation against Çanakkale took place on November 3rd, 1914. Upon the sinking of the Mesudiye Battleship, the American press reported that Çanakkale was passable. The press gave wide coverage to these news in order to create psychological pressure. In the following periods, the economic dimensions of the war were mentioned in the press and the public was informed with the news about the geographical location of the region. In addition, in order to create a false perception on the public, various cartoons about Turkish people were featured in the press, and then it was mentioned that the Ottoman Empire, which was described as sick, came to life with the victory won on March 18th.”

In the closing speech of the program, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and all our martyrs were commemorated with respect and mercy by the participants.

Release date: 19.03.2021