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NATO Soldiers Dive To Lay Wreaths For Gallipoli Fallen

The divers plunged into the sea, taking with them two wreaths and a rugby ball that will be used at the Games of Remembrance due to take...

A team of NATO personnel have laid wreaths underwater in ANZAC Bay to honour the memory of soldiers who lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign.

In 1915 it was famously said that the waters off the Turkish coast ran red with the blood of allied soldiers. But 103 years later, the same waters were their typical hue of turquoise as the divers plunged in.

An artist's impression of the ANZAC's landing at Gallipoli in 1915.
An artist's impression of the ANZAC's landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

Royal Navy Commander Doc Cox, who led the team of divers, previously walked 30km across the peninsula in six hours – something he called the ‘Gallipoli Gallop’ – in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Deep on the seabed lie two Turkish ships, HMS Louis and MILO – the last of which was deliberately scuttled as a wave break that would help thousands of soldiers safely retreat from the peninsula.

With them, the divers had two wreaths and a rugby ball that will be used at the Games of Remembrance due to take place in Bristol next month.

All 'okay', signals one of the divers.
All 'okay', signals from one of the divers.