A bold plan to sail a fleet of battleships through the narrow Dardanelles to the gates of Istanbul, and knock Turkey out of the war fails. The battleships are repelled before the massive Turkish forts guarding the Dardanelles. Following this defeat, there is a poorly planned and under resourced campaign created, to land an army and capture the forts.
At dawn, on Sunday April 25th, 1915, an Army of many nationalities landed on the Gallipoli peninsula– their mission to create another war front on Turkey’s strategic waterways, The Dardanelles, leaving the German lines weakened in the east and west. During the ensuing ferocious battle which lasted nine long months, 450,000 men would be killed or wounded before Allied troops were finally withdrawn in what would be the only successful operation of the campaign.
The documentary lays the responsibility for the catastrophe, mainly with Winston Churchill, Lord Kitchener and Sir Ian Hamilton.
Revealing Gallipoli tells the story of what happened on Gallipoli from many perspectives, including a Turkish farmer, a Melbourne railway worker and an Irish poet. This programme follows the campaign from the very beginnings at the War Council of London, through to the eventual evacuation and the beginning of a legend which, for Australians and New Zealanders, is seen as a founding event in the story of their nations.
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