Monday 26 April 2010
The town of Gaziantep used to be known as just Antep. After World War I, the French tried taking the town, while attempting to extend the land they controlled in Syria. The people of Antep, however, kept the French at bay for 11 months without any help from the national army. For this heroism, the prefix "Gazi" (meaning veteran, or war hero) was added to Antep. They are often noted as being the most patriotic Turks.
These are some of the heroes of the resistance, in the Gaziantep citadel museum.