Turkey and New Zealand have created a relationship of goodwill since the bitter campaigns of World War I. This joint stamp issue between the two country's depicted statues to the fallen and was released to reflect the friendship that exists between the two countries.
On 25 April 1915, British, French, Australian and New Zealand forces launched a major sea and land offensive at the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Canakkale province of Turkey. The aim was to open up a new theatre of war as an alternative to the stalemate in France, relieve pressure on Russian forces by the Turks in the Caucasus and provide a direct link with Russia through the Black Sea by gaining control of Istanbul, the Dardanelles and Bosporus Straits.
However the Allied commanders who planned the offensive, First Munitions Minister David Lloyd George, First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill, General Kitchener and Admiral Cardin, dramatically underestimated the resolve of the Turks. Dug into the hills overlooking the beachheads, the defenders put up stiff resistance, inspired by the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (later, founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President).
The Gallipoli campaign lasted 9 months and involved more than a million men. By the time it was officially abandoned on 8 January 1916, both sides had suffered horrendous casualties. New Zealand and Australian troops particularly had taken a real pounding. Over 33,000 allied and 86,000 Turkish troops died in the campaign. New Zealand and Turkey have since created a relationship of goodwill and, as a further step, have initiated a joint stamp issue to strengthen the bond between the two countries. The two stamps, issued in both Turkey and New Zealand, depict a memorial statue for the fallen from each country.
Product Listing for Memorial Statues - Joint Issue with Turkey
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|Date of issue:||18 March 1998|
|Number of stamps:||New Zealand - two; Turkey - two|
|Denominations:||New Zealand: 40c Turkish statue With Great Respect to the Mehmetçik, $1.80c New Zealand statue Mother with children; Turkey: 125,000 TL - New Zealand statue Mother with children, 125,000 TL - Turkish statue With Great Respect to the Mehmetçik|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Dianne Prosser, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printers and process:||New Zealand: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by lithography; Turkey: Gaye Matbaasi Anonin Sirketi, Ankara, Turkey|
|Stamp size and format:||New Zealand: 28mm x 40mm (vertical); Turkey: 26mm x 41 mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||104gsm red phosphor coated Litho stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||New Zealand: 50; Turkey: 100|
|Perforation gauge:||New Zealand: 14; Turkey: 13|
|Cost of unadressed first day cover with two New Zealand and two Turkish stamps:||$5.20|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint, positional or value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six New Zealand stamps. Colour blocks ('traffic lights') of New Zealand stamps were included in plate blocks. Barcode blocks of New Zealand stamps were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 18 March 1999.|