Ankara, Turkey – The great Turkish victory on August 30, 1922, Battle of Dumlupınar, was a clear message to the imperialist powers that Turkish ancient presence in Anatolia (Asia Minor), which started with the Battle of Malazgirt in 1071, will continue forever in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Southeast of Europe.
Indeed, it was a war of noble Turkish nation who was tried to be removed from its ancient geography and whose unique mission against imperialism was tried to be ended in the region.
With this anti-imperialist war, the noble Turkish nation has strengthened its presence in the mainly ancient Turkish Anatolia geography and gave to the whole humanity the significant message: Turkish presence in Anatolia which started with the Battle of Malazgirt in 1071 will continue forever in this greater Turkish geography.
Historically, the Turkish domination in Anatolia began with the Battle of Malazgirt in August 26, 1071, which saw Seljuk Turks led by Sultan Alparslan defeated the Byzantine Army.
The August 30 victory in the everlasting castle of Turkish geography became a model and a motivation for all nations warring against imperialism.
Meanwhile, the great victory was a message from Turkish people that the Turkish Republic and National Pact, also known as Misak-i Milli, which refers to the set of six decisions taken by the late parliament in Istanbul and later used as Turkish borderline, would be permanent forever.
As a matter of fact, the August 30 victory is a significant milestone in carrying out the National Pact targets, which also guarantee the presence of Turkish Republic in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Southeast of Europe.
In view of the recent developments, particularly in Iraq, Syria, Libya and the Mediterranean developments, the same anti-imperialist war has still been going on in the region and the determination of Turkish Republic to carry out its unique mission about its National Pact is continuing, placing August 30 as the most important turning point in fulfilling the National Pact decisions.
Strong leadership of Mustafa Kemal
There were three very important elements that brought the great victory against the imperialist powers.
A strong leadership and resolve of Mustafa Kemal who had confidence in his own people.
Using diplomacy and military skills in a coordinated and determined way.
August 30, was not just a military victory against imperialism but a full-scale campaign fueled with a strong leadership and a smart mobilization of a noble nation.
Patriotic sentiments of noble Turkish nation
The nationalism, mostly with patriotic sentiments, played an important role in the anti-imperialist war.
The Government of the Grand National Assembly was considered the everlasting castle of the Turkish realm and that the defeat of the Turks would mean defeat for the oppressed nations against imperialism.
Evidently, that was what triggered the patriotic sentiments of Turkish people, which once again has accomplished a vital mission in Anatolia it assumed since the crusades.
On the other hand, the war was against the spirit of the crusades and Western imperialism, and while fighting this war, the Turkish people were aware of their eternal mission on behalf of the entire Turkish realm.
Unfortunately, Turkey was unfairly occupied by allied imperialist powers (France, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia and Greece) at the end of the World War I (1914-1918).
However, the foreign imperialist occupation prompted Turkey’s War of Independence in 1919, in which Turkish Army, led by Mustafa Kemal, eventually drove the invaders from Anatolia and poured them into the Islands Sea in Izmir.
On route from August 26 to August 30 of 1922, Turkish Army fought the Battle of Dumlupınar , the Greco-Turkish War, in Turkey’s western Kütahya province, where the Greek Army was decisively defeated and destroyed.
Eventually, by the end of 1922, all occupying foreign imperialist powers had left the Turkish territories which would collectively become the Homeland of Turkey one year later , and the Republic of Turkey was finally announced on October 29, 1923.
A great historical lesson given to those who pursue imperialist ambitions on August 30, 1922, today the noble Turkish nation has the capacity and power to respond more grandiose when necessary.