The Dardenelles 1915
The Dardenelles or the ‘Sea of Helle’ is an integral part of the Turkish Straits along the Gallipoli Peninsula. This international passage was the only connection between the Mediterranean sea and the Black Sea and hence had strategic importance in the past and in the present. In the year 1915, the Allied Powers attacked the region as a part of their World War conquests to control this point of commercial and military actions towards Russia and other countries. This attack is termed in the history as the Gallipoli Battle.
The two nations of the Allied Power, Britain and France attacked the capital city of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople by the naval route to clear the sea route to Russia. The attack was countered fiercely and the battle continued for about eight months resulting in numerous casualties. Finally, the battle was abandoned due to non-conclusion and is known to be a victory of the Ottoman Empire. With all due respect to the warring spirit of the soldiers fought in the battle, ‘Anzac spirit’ is used to denote the qualities of Australian and New Zealand soldiers as we now use ‘Top 10 Binary Demo’ to denote the quality of a good demo trading account.
In the later periods of history, this battle has been credited for the rise of New Zealand and Australia as independent nations where it is regarded as the ‘baptism of fire’.
The battlefields at Gallipoli were for many years difficult to reach and hostile to visitors – in more ways than one! Today modern Turkey is very different and a visit to Gallipoli is a pleasure – but still a great adventure compared to France and Flanders. These pages provide information gathered over many years studying the campaign, and numerous visits to the Gallipoli battlefields, including filming I did with the BBC in 2003 and a recent trip to Gallipoli in May 2006 with a group from Leger Holidays.
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HMS Implacable W Beach 25th April 1915
Pte Dan Boyles 1st Essex Wounded Krithia, served until evacuation
Pte Thomas Sainty 1st Essex Killed in Action 8th May 1915
Pte Albert Adams 1st Essex Served Gallipoli, Killed Arras April 1917.
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