When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30

Jul Snelders during his last visit to the Gallipoli battlefields, February 2005. 200 metres from Chunuk Bair.

This website’s founder, content manager, researcher, photographer, designer - in short, the person responsible for everything on the website - Julien Snelders, died in July 2006.

Jul researched the Gallipoli Campaign for 20 years and was one of the best-known military historians and battlefield experts on this subject. His first-hand and personally collected materials, including photographs and carefully constructed maps comprised a wealth of knowledge nurturing those thirsty for such information about Gallipoli. His love and respect for Gallipoli were based on protecting the historical, geographical and natural fabric of these unique battlefields. It was founded on keeping alive the memories of Turkish and Allied soldiers; every Mehmet, Digger, Tommy, Abdul and Poilu that fought on this soil.

Each time Jul returned to Gallipoli, he would rejoice as if he were coming home. Working, walking and talking with him on the historical battlefields was a privilege, a unique journey through time.

We are committed to keeping Jul’s name and sprit alive through this website.
Gursel Goncu (TR)
Military Historian
Sahin Aldogan (TR)
Military Historian
Bill Sellars (AU)
Military Historian