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Opening the Gate to Constantinople: The Forcing of the Dardanelles Some of the Ships and Forts Engaged

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A BRITISH BATTLE-SHIP WHICH WAS HIT BY A TURKISH SHELL WHILE BOMBARDING THE DARDANELLES FORTS: THE AGAMEMNON'” AT TARGET-PRACTICE.


RECENTLY BOMBARDED BY THE GUNS OF THE ALLIED FLEET: ONE OF THE TURKISH FORTS GUARDING THE DARDANELLES.


i ~ ~ ~ ~ a ——— ONE OF THE BATTLE-SHIPS WHICH BEGAN THE ATTACK ON FORT DARDANUS, FOUR MILES UP THE STRAITS: H.M.S. “MAJESTIC.” “”S 4SPý’E ” ‘+sý@I ý -ýrnmrrrr …,


I it A BRITISH SUPER-DREADNOUGHT OF THE NEWEST TYP TAKING PART IN THE OPERATIONS IN THE DARDANELLES: H.M.S. “QUEEN ELIZABETH,” WHIC MOUNTS THE FINEST NAVAL GUNS.


I;, “· h~- –. -“* ,.Grii Ar (s T H I T R C S R I SW L A I I A E R J S A X O T A N D IM P O R T S A N D L O W E R T H E P R IC E O F B R IT S H B R E A D : A P IC T O R IA L M A P THE HISTORIC STRAITS WHOSE REOPENING WILL FACILITATE RUSSIAN EXPORTS 1 M AN ~~~~~~~~~~OF THE DARDANELLES SHOWING FORTS5 MN, NDAJCN SANS .., . … ….. , …. , ….. . , , i … . ,Z


ILLUSTRATING “THE CLOSE CO-OPERATION OF THE ALLIES IN THE NEW THEATRE BRITISH AND FRENCH CRUISERS OFF THE ENTRANCE TO THE DARDANELLES


AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE NARROWS, THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THIE STRAITS TO FORCE : A FORT AT CHANAK.


ENGAGED IN A GREAT EXPEDITION IN THE SAME REGION AS HER ANCIENT GREEK NAMESAKE : H.M.S. ” AGAMEM’ ON,”


Describln: the resumed bombardment of the Dardanelles forts by the combined Brit:sh and French squadron on February 25, the Admiralty announcement said: “The ‘Queen Elizabeth,’ ‘Agamemnon, ‘ Irresistible,’ and ‘ Gaulois ‘ began by del.berately bombarding Forts A (Cape Helles), B (Sedd el Bahr), C (Orkhanieh), and D (Kum Kalessi), respectively, at long range. Fort A (Cape Helles) replied, and one shell, at tI,ooo yards, hit the ‘Agamemnon,’ killing three men and seriously wounding five. The ‘Irresistible’ and the ‘Gaulois’ made excellent pract.ce on Fort:s C (Orkhanieh) and D (Kum Kalessi), while the ‘Queen Elizabeth ‘ concentrated with great accuracy on Fort A (Cape Helles), putting both of its guns out of action by about 11.30 a.m.” Other ships then engaged the forts at close range, and all four were reduced. “Sweeping operations,” continues the same official account, “were immediately begun. The Straits have now been swept up to four miles from the entrance. ‘Albion’ and ‘Majestic,’ supported by ‘Vengeance,’ proceeded to the limit of the swept area and began an


attack on Fort Dardanus (E) (four 5 9-inch guns), and some new batteries which have been erected en the Asiatic side.’ Some interesting references to the operations in the Dardanelles were made by Mr. Asquith in his great speech in the House of Commons on March I. “The enterprise,” he said, “once more indicates and illustrates the close co-operation of the Allies-in this case, the French and ourselves-in the new theatre,” and he went on to acknowledge that “the splendid contingent from the French Navy that our Allies have supplied is sharing to the full both the hazards and the glory of the enterprise.” The Prime Minister also dwelt an the fact that the expedition showed the copiousness and variety of our naval resources, while in no way weakening the Grand Fleet. ” The ‘Queen Elizabeth,’ ” he pointed out, was ” the first ship to be commissioned of the newest type of what are called super-Dreadnoughts, with guns of power and range never hitherto known in naval warfare.”



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