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30th of August - Victory Day!

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On August 30, the people of the Republic of Turkey celebrate the Victory Day. This holiday is officially celebrated as the Victory Day since 1926, after the Turkish army’s attack of invaders in Dumlupınar in 1922. However, it was first celebrated in 1924.

On the night of August 26 to August 27, 1922, the Turkish army under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk launched a powerful attack against the invaders in the Western Anatolia region. As a result of the attack that broke out in the suburbs of Afyon, the invading armies of Anatolia retreated to Izmir. On August 30, Turkish troops surrounded the enemy forces in Dumlupınar Battle. As the Turkish army was under the direct command of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Commander-in-Chief, this battle is also called the “The battle of the Main Commander”. On September 9, 1922, the city of Izmir was liberated from invaders. Thus, the territory of Turkey was completely liberated from invaders and territorial integrity was ensured.

The Victory Day is a holiday dedicated to the victory of the people of Turkey and the victims of the 1919-1922 liberation war in honor of the heroic labor and unity of people.


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Саул Менделевич Абрамзон
учёный-этнограф, тюрколог, кандидат исторических наук