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World War I , 1915 :

Allied forces had the purpose of gaining control of the Dardanelles and Bosporus straits, capturing Istanbul, and opening a Black Sea supply route to Russia…. The idea of forcing the straits was originally Winston Churchill’s idea but thought about even before him… By March 1915, after the failure of a British naval force to open the straits, British, Australian, and New Zealand troops landed (Apr. 25) at various points on the east coast of the Gallipoli Peninsula, while a French force landed on the Asian side of the straits…

The Turks put up stubborn resistance, preventing the Allies from making any important gains… Allied cooperation was poor, and there was lack of coordination between land and naval forces that resulted in an early naval attack without enough support from the army… The two-month lag between the navy's arrival at Gallipoli (Feb., 1915) and the arrival of land forces (Apr., 1915) gave the Turkish army ample time to reinforce its troops…

By April, the Turks had deployed six times as many troops as they had ready two months earlier… The landing (Aug., 1915) at Suvla on the west coast of the peninsula resulted in severe casualties…After months of costly fighting, Allies withdrew from the area on Jan. 9, 1916…

Some 480,000 Allied troops had been dedicated to the failed campaign...British casualties (including imperial forces) amounted to approximately 205,000...French losses were estimated at around 47,000...Turkey incurred around 250,000 casualties...

with my mournings for all the soldiers who lost their lives far from home..



ps. I could not find the right category I guess..I will be glad if you propose else..

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