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Chapter 1: Gallipoli

Australians in World War I: Gallipoli

is the third commemorative publication in the Australians in World War I series. It contains a selection of images and a brief history of the campaign. This publication has also been developed into an iBook for your iPad.  Rare film footage and animated images complement the iBook, as readers gain rare insight into the Gallipoli campaign from the author and historian, Dr Richard Reid.


Chapter 1: Gallipoli

February 1915 – January 1916

On 19 February 1915, the sea off the entrance to the strait of the Dardanelles in Turkey was calm; there was no wind and the sun shone. A few kilometres offshore from the old Ottoman imperial forts guarding either side of the en-trance—Seddülbahir at the toe of the Gallipoli peninsula and Kumkale on the Asian side — a small fleet of British and French warships took station. From there they opened a leisurely bombardment of the forts. All day shells fell on Sed-dülbahir and Kumkale without reply. Then, as the Allied ships came to within three kilometres, the Turkish gunners fired back, showing that the forts had not been destroyed. The British and French attempt to knock the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) out of World War One had begun. It became known as the 'Gallipoli campaign' and it lasted until 8 January 1916, when the last British soldiers left the Gallipoli peninsula from positions near Seddülbahir.

 

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Australians in World War I: Gallipoli

is the third commemorative publication in the Australians in World War I series. It contains a selection of images and a brief history of the campaign. This publication has also been developed into an iBook for your iPad.  Rare film footage and animated images complement the iBook, as readers gain rare insight into the Gallipoli campaign from the author and historian, Dr Richard Reid.

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