As April turned to May 100 years ago, the Middle East was torn by unprecedented violence. Armenians across the Ottoman Empire were ordered to abandon their homes for what proved to be death marches, while thousands of Turks fell dead and wounded defending the beaches of Gallipoli from Allied invasion. The Allies — Britons and Frenchmen, Indians and North Africans, Australians and New Zealanders — fell in their thousands, too.
Within a year, over 140,000 men would die at Gallipoli — 86,500 Turks and 56,000 soldiers from Britain, France and their overseas dominions. An estimated 800,000 to 1.5 million civilians died in the Armenian genocide.… Seguir leyendo »