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Plymouth Naval Memorial

Gallipoli Milestone Marked

18 March 2015

Three Allied battleships were lost on this date in 1915.  The losses saw the naval attack on the Ottoman Empire - which had lasted for several weeks - abandoned in favour of new tactics.  The Commonwealth casualties who were on board the ships that sunk are commemorated on the CWGC Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham Naval Memorials.


The naval campaign was originally designed to win control of the sea route to Russia, deadlocked in fighting with Germany.  Following the failure of these tactics, Allied troops were instructed to make an amphibious landing on the Gallipoli peninsula on April 25th.  Eight months of fighting ended in defeat and withdrawal in January 1916.  Almost 36,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the campaign are buried or commemorated on Gallipoli.