About Gallipoli Campaign
|August 21st, 2005||#1|
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Gallipoli Campaign info
jrotc platoon motto: do your best
drill team motto:nothing but your best
|August 22nd, 2005||#2|
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Why did this assault fail, well there were many reasons. Most people thought that the main war being fought in Europe and the Middle East was just side show. The General in charge had not commanded any thing more than a desk for countless years.. When he submitted a list of senior officers that he needed for the planning side of this operation it was turned down as they could not be spared. Yet these same officers were called in to sort out the problems later on. There was talk about this operation all over London months before it took place with other Embassies in London that were friendly with Turkey and Germany they must have been for warned about this operation long before it took place.
The concept of this operation was correct, but it failed in the planning and implementation and this is not meant to be critical of of the soldiers that took part.
LeEnfield Rides again
|August 24th, 2005||#3|
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I beleive the ANZAC's would have been highly sucsessful at Gallipoli, had they been landed on the right beach. They obeyed orders, went to the wrong beachead, but fought for it with tooth and nail, with only one exception, The Nek.
"Even if I wished to surrender to you - and I don't - I am commanding Australian's who would cut my throat if I accepted your Terms" Colonel C Hore, Siege of Elands River, 1900
If You want to See the Future, Read a History Book
|August 25th, 2005||#4|
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|August 26th, 2005||#5|
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Sorry, bad wording there. What I meant was, it wasn't a very good idea by putting men with bayonets up against MG's. The poor buggers were sent to the slaughter. Don't get me wrong, I'm not belittling the Lighthorsemen, I have great respect for them.
Once again, bad choice of words
|August 26th, 2005||#7|
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I don't know, so many factors were against the ANZAC forces. I answered terrain and machine guns. They attacked a penninsula on both sides with no cover and machine guns on the high ground. The Turk snipers were having a field day too. The fortifications were perfect inland. I can see how the command staff would feel that they had lost the battle since they were working with bad terrain maps and poor intel.
“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.”
—John Stuart Mill
|August 27th, 2005||#8|
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If Gallipoli was a stuff up the navy attack on the Dardanelles was even worse. It was worse because if it had been handled properly it could have prevented the whole Gallipoli campaign.
Admiral Carden orginally went into the straits with battleships and 35 minesweepers (with civilan personnel). Despite having initial success, he lost one minesweeper to turkish batteries and withdrew.
Carden resigned & Admiral De Robeck took over but his first attempt at the straits didn't take place for a month, giving the Turkish ample time to lay new mines in the straits. He moved in and silenced the guns at the narrowest point but assumed that the Turks would not have laid new mines. They had lost two battleships with two more badly damaged.
De Roebeck informed London and General Hamilton that a land based attack was the way to go. The navy attack should have continued for a number of reasons. First, military personnel were still yet to man the minesweepers that had a habit of withdrawing as soon as the Turkish batteries started. 2nd, most of the batteries at the entrance had been destroyed in the previous attacks. 3rd, the attack was never pressed really hard (3 of the four battleships damaged and lost were hit by mines turning around). Finally, albeight with hindsight, the Turks admitted after the war that all of their battery ammunition had been used during the initial attacks. Their guns were without ammunition.
Had the navy pressed the attack, and made more effective use of their minesweepers, they would have been berthed outside of Constantinople / Istanbul with the most significant strategic advantage of WW1.
That's history for you.
|September 10th, 2005||#9|
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I was reading the other day that the Turkish Forts were down to their last few shells and if another attack had gone in they would have fallen, such is the way of life. How many of know that after this affair Churchill Rejoined the Army and spent a number of years on the Western front in the trenches and rose to command a Guards Battalion.
|September 23rd, 2005||#10|
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There is very little doubt that the civilian/political leadership of Winston Churchill (then First Lord of the Admiralty) and the military leadership of General Sir Ian Hamilton (Commander, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) were both primarily responsibile for the military disaster at Gallipoli.