Ref: WW568, 1920, Harmsworth
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Original map first published c.1920. Republished July 2016.
Turkey entered the war on the side of the Central Powers in November 1914. This map depicts the Gallipoli operations that took place during the First World War, and smaller inset maps of Sulva Bay and the Dardanelles Strait. The Gallipoli Peninsula forms the northern bank of the Dardanelles, a strait that provided a sea route to the Russian Empire, one of the Allied powers during the war. Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand (Anzacs) launched several offenses at Gallipoli during the First World War with the aim of securing the strait and capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul). Please see our blog for further information.
Gallipoli, as published in 1920:
Turkey entered the war on the side of the Central Powers on Nov. 1, 1914, thus closing the Dardanelles to Allied ships. To re-open the straits, an important line of communication with Russia, the Allied Powers undertook the Gallipoli operations.
Other factors that helped determine the expedition were, first, to enable Russia to export her grain and receive foreign products, and secondly, to strike at the heart of the Ottoman Empire as a defensive measure against Turkish plans in Egypt and on the Persian Gulf. It was also hoped to check Turko-German intrigues in Persia, Afghanistan, and the Indian border. Further, an attack on the waterway between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, it was anticipated, would appeal to Italian sympathy, steady Bulgaria, and stimulate Rumania, thus checking German intrigues in the Bulkans.
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