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Posted on Thursday 19th February

On 19 February 1915, British and French warships began a bombardment of the forts defending the entrance to the Dardanelles.

German control of the Dardanelles prevented cooperation between Russian and Allied naval forces, therefore an attack on the area was a key objective from 1914. Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill was convinced that a naval attack was key to winning control of the strait without diverting land resources from the battlefields of the Western Front. The Turks had long been expecting an attack on the Dardanelles and were unsurprised by the attack and well fortified by their German allies.

The Defence of the Dardanelles provides an in-depth study of the Turkish defences that caused such loss to the Royal Navy and French allies, examining the flaws of Winston Churchill's strategy and identifying the inadequacies of pitting warships against shore fortifications. It also helpfully identifies fortifications on the Gallipoli peninsula that can be visited, many of which still have wrecked guns emplaced.

A full list of titles covering all aspects of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli Campaign is available via Pen & Sword Books.

Further Reading

The Defence of the Dardanelles

Only £25.00

The Defence of the Dardanelles

(Hardback - 254 pages)
by Michael Forrest

The Dardanelles Strait, separating Europe and Asia Anatolia, was fortified in the fifteenth century with massive bronze bombards causing any unwelcome ships to run a truly formidable gauntlet. So it proved on 18 March 1915 when a powerful fleet of British and French warships attempted to force a passage to allow minesweepers to clear the Strait. The attack failed at the cost of three ships sunk and three more seriously damaged. The Allied inability to… Read more...


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