GALLIPOLI

Gallipoli is a Turkish peninsula that controls acess between Black and Aegean seas. Gallipoli stands out as one of the First World War’s most futile and bloody battles. It also guards the western approach to Constantinople, the capital of Ottoman Empire, which fought on Germany’s side in World War One In 1915, UK’s First Lord of the Admiraly Winston Curhcill decided it was crucial strategic importance and landed troops there. What followed was a disaster. Allied troops got pinned down on the beaches and endured months of constant fighting before they finally pulled out. The Turks suffered too, with each side losing a quarter of a million man.

The Allied side include not only UK, French and Canadian troops, but also a large number of man from Australia and New Zelland Army Corps. The ANZACs. The story of this blood-soaked part of Turkey lies not only in the soil of battlefields but also waters around it.

Waters hold the secrets of the World War One and the invading Allied amphibious assult on Turkish soil of 1915. Gallipoli Dive Expeditions at First World War Wrecks is Professional examination of the underwater cultural lanscape offshore from ANZAC Cove to extent of cultural remains is largely unknown apart from the discovery of a number of shipwrecks from the campaign – particularly British and French battleships sunk around the coast.

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