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By Chambers, Stephen J.; Van Emden, Richard

Proposing greater than a hundred and fifty never-before-published pictures of the crusade, many taken through the warriors themselves, including unpublished written fabric from British, Anzac, French and Turkish, together with eyewitness bills of the landings, this is often an unrivalled account of what relatively occurred at Gallipoli. Van Emden's gripping narrative and lucid research of Churchill's notorious operation, compliments Read more...

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18 March 1915: failure again. The photograph shows the damaged wardroom of HMS Agamemnon. General Askir Arkayan, Ottoman Howitzer Battery We saw a mass of ships such as we had never seen before. We were amazed, but realising that we should be faced that day with an out-and-out conflict, we completed our supplies and prepared for the attack … The battle developed with considerable violence and at noon the French ships in the second line advanced through the first line and opened a tremendous bombardment.

One case concerned two ships under construction in Britain, bought and paid for by patriotic public subscription in Turkey. The ships were near completion when the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, concerned over impending war with Germany, decided to add them to the strength of the British fleet. Churchill had no legal authority to seize the ships when Britain was not at war with Turkey, yet he ordered the shipbuilders to slow work long enough that, should war break out in Europe, the ships could be seized.

The favourable results encouraged the Allies to believe in the effectiveness of naval attacks on forts, while unfortunately warning Turkey that she should improve her defences in the Dardanelles. In France, British attention remained firmly on the fighting between her small regular army and a far larger Imperial German Army. As the fighting reached stalemate that autumn, and opposing forces hunkered down in trenches, some British politicians looked for alternative strategies, ideally opening up ‘softer’ fronts that offered the potential for success and at a far lower cost in casualties than those being suffered in France and Belgium.

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