On To Gallipoli

Not some movie about the event with Mel Gibson….but the actually event and what it meant in WW1…..

The bright idea from Winston Churchill was to inavde the peninsula of Gallipoli with the expressed purpose of defeating a weak Ottoman army and take them out of the war….this was in 1915……

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The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16, also known as the Battle of Gallipoli or the Dardanelles Campaign, was an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during World War I. The campaign began with a failed naval attack by British and French ships on the Dardanelles Straits in February-March 1915 and continued with a major land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, involving British and French troops as well as divisions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Lack of sufficient intelligence and knowledge of the terrain, along with a fierce Turkish resistance, hampered the success of the invasion. By mid-October, Allied forces had suffered heavy casualties and had made little headway from their initial landing sites. Evacuation began in December 1915, and was completed early the following January.

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/battle-of-gallipoli-1

For those too lazy to read…a short video…..

This brilliant offensive ended in complete defeat and an utter failure…..

In 2015 during the 100 year anniversary of the military invasion….which had several “new” military techniques…like the amphibious invasion of the beaches…..

A team doing research of the military action has found something interesting….the Turks used alcohol to help their soldiers find their “will”…..

But the ongoing fieldwork by the joint Turkish-Anzac team doesn’t always bolster the official narrative. A few years ago, in the Ottoman trenches, the archaeologists discovered bottles of Bomonti beer, a popular wartime brand brewed in Constantinople. News of the find was published in Australian newspapers; the Turkish government reacted with dismay and denial. “They said, ‘Our soldiers didn’t drink beer. They drank tea,’” says Tony Sagona, a professor of archaeology at the University of Melbourne who leads the Australia-New Zealand team at Gallipoli. Turkish officials insisted that the bottles belonged to German officers who often fought alongside Turkish conscripts and put subtle pressure on the team leaders to back up that version of events. “I told them that the evidence is inconclusive,” says Mithat Atabay, leader of the project and a history professor at March 18 University in Canakkale, across the Dardanelles from Gallipoli. Drinking alcohol was a normal activity in the Ottoman Empire, he points out, “a way for young men to find their freedom.” It perhaps offered a small bit of comfort for men marooned in one of history’s bloodiest battlefields.    

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-view-battle-gallipoli-one-bloodiest-conflicts-world-war-i-180953975/

History is amazing……the things we can learn……

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4 thoughts on “On To Gallipoli

  1. Believe it or not, Kiwis continue to celebrate this massacre yearly on Anzac Day in April. My perspective is that the Anzac troops were merely cannon fodder for Churchill. When it became clear the assault would fail, the British naval vessels simply sailed away, abandoning the Anzac forces and making retreat impossible.

  2. It was definitely a fiasco. From what I remembered reading, things just went WAY too slowly, and the Turks knew they were coming for weeks, so any element of surprise was gone. Also the ships that were used were obsolete, but commanded by men who had such an attachment to them that they couldn’t bear to have anything happen. So when the mines hit and sank a few ships, it freaked them out and they started scattering or trying to retreat. (As a battleship nut myself, I can kinda get it).

    Hell, most of the ships were supposedly going into or were already in mothballs when the war started, which is why WC chose them. he figured they were about to be scrap anyway, so better to use them for a sneak attack run like this (as compared to the newest ships that came out which were far better). I remember some of this from Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, forgot the books I read that mentioned it, though.

    Definite clash of ideas there, and some creative thinking. But the TIMING couldn’t have been worse.

    I shudder to think what the invasion of Normandy would’ve looked like had even HALF the stuff that happened in Galipoli taken place in ’44. Yikes.

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