Victory Day in Turkey - Zafer Bayram
30 Aug 2010

Victory Day is a national holiday that is recognised on 30 August and is celebrated throughout the country. Its origins date back to a battle that began on 26 August 1922 when Greek troops invaded Turkey.

The invasion was successfully repelled and the battle ended just four days later on 30 August. Although the day has now lost much of its military significance for the younger generations, it is still a day of national pride on which the country's armed forces lay wreaths at the Ataturk Mausoleum in Istanbul, acknowledging the role Mustafa Kemal Ataturk played in founding the country

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The end of the battle of Dumlupinar spelt the beginning of the end for the Greek presence in Anatolia. Trikoupis Group, with some 34 infantry battalions and 130 artillery pieces was destroyed as an effective fighting force. The remaining Frangou Group was too weak to hold against the Turkish onslaught. The cost for the Turkish army was not light. More than 13,000 men were lost in 5 days of fighting. However the gains far exceeded the cost. The Turks chased the fleeing Greeks 250 miles (400 km) to İzmir, which later burned and was abandoned by the Greek soldiers. The last Greek troops left Anatolia on 16 September. The Armistice of Mudanya was signed by Turkey, Italy, France and Great Britain on 11 October 1922. Greece was forced to accede to it on 14 October.

To commemorate this victory, 30 August (also liberation day of Kütahya) is celebrated as Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı), a national holiday in Turkey.
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