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A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

British Assault Of Ottoman Strait Begins

After months of planning and positioning of ships and troops, Britain has commenced an attack of the Turkish positions in the Dardenelles, the strait complex that leads to Constantinople. The entire area is defended by heavily entrenched fortifications.


The plan was conceived and promoted by First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. He will use British, French  and untested Australian and New Zealand forces.

On February 19, 1915 a combined fleet of British and French battleships comprised of one battleship, 3 battle cruisers, 16 pre-dreadnought, 4 cruisers, 18 destroyers, 6 submarines, 21 trawlers plus the seaplane carrier Ark Royal attacked the Turkish fortifications. The British and French attack is up against an efficient Turkish defensive system. Although great damage has been inflicted with a long range bombardment followed by heavy fire at closer range, the Ottoman positions are holding firm.


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