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