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133407 133407_1
(THATCHER, Margaret.)

Map of the Gallipoli peninsula.

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Published: 1990

Stock Code: 133407

OR On display in Exhibit


From the estate of Margaret Thatcher, with the presentation label incorporated beneath the map reading "Presented to the Right Honourable Margaret Thatcher MP on the occasion of the Gallipoli Commemoration 25 April 1990". Thatcher travelled to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, along with the Australian prime minister Bob Hawke, the governor general of New Zealand, the French secretary of state for veterans' affairs, and Canadian representatives. President Turgut Özal of Turkey hosted the meeting of the former allies and enemies at the Çanakkale Martyrs' Memorial at Cape Helles on the southern tip of the peninsular.
Thatcher approached the event with some caution, given the feeling among some Australians and New Zealanders that their soldiers were squandered through incompetent British generalship. In her public remarks, she was careful to state that mistakes were made, but reiterated that the original plan of the campaign was sound. She also paid homage to her Turkish hosts, praising Ataturk and commending the Turkish care of British and ANZAC war graves.
Thatcher also drew links between the Gallipoli campaign and the Falklands War, both based on amphibious landings against heavily defended positions: "I think, when we had the campaign in the Falklands, we had learned something from the Battle of Gallipoli. In the Falklands it was almost in miniature what one had in Gallipoli. Our coming was well-known in the Falklands; we sent the task force from eight thousand miles away they knew it was coming. They had to gain a bridgehead on the island of the Falklands and they did and then they remembered from Gallipoli that it is not enough to establish a bridgehead, you must comparatively quickly go forward if you are to take the territory and they did. I think that the military tactics at Gallipoli have been analysed again and again by the tacticians so that they should learn those lessons" (Thatcher's remarks to journalists on arriving in Istanbul, 24 April 1990)
It is not immediately clear who presented the map, whether it was a formal government gift or a private organization. The map itself is taken from original archival material held at the Hydrographic Office, Taunton (printed label on reverse); produced in 1915 it shows the Turkish defences at the peninsular. The map was kept by Thatcher until her death in 2013, and here appears on the market for the first time after acquisition directly from her estate.

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Colour map with blue mount, framed and glazed in a gilt wooden frame. Map size 38 x 38 cm, frame size 56 x 51 cm. Posthumous Margaret Thatcher printed library label pasted on reverse.


Light creasing to map. In very good condition.


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