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The Allies' Bad Day at the Dardanelles: An Officer's Sketches of the Attack on the Narrows on March 18

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Cape Helles Lghthouse. Queen Ehzaberh Destroyees comng up Pilnce George Lord Nelson Aqamemnon. e royI’ lers. (regying -o ire THE BEGINNING OF THE OPERATIONS OF MARCH 18: THE ALLIED FLEETS ENTERING THE DARDANELLES, WHERE THE FIRST SHOT WAS FIRED FROM A BATTERY WELL INLAND BEHIND KUM KALE.


DURING THE OPERATIONS OF MARCH 18 IN THE DARDANELLES: DESTROYERS FIRING ON A VILLAGE BEHIND KUM KALE, THE POINT OF ENTRANCE TO THE STRAITS ON THE ASIATIC SIDE.


Erenkcui V llag. Enery guns Frnng. cum Kale (in ruins) A BRITISH BATTLE-SHIP RECENTLY REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN HIT BY THREE SHELLS, BUT LITTLE DAMAGED : THE “TRIUMPH ” FIRING AT A BATTERY BEHIND KUM KALE AS SHE ENTERED THE DARDANELLES AT II A.M. ON MARCH 18.


Inflexibe Sf.r . ouve, AS SEEN FROM THE FORE-TOP OF H.M.S. ” TRIUMPH,” WHICH AT THIS PERIOD WAS FIRING OVER THE FRENCH BATTLE-SHIPS “SUFFREN ” AND ” BOUVET ” : THE DARDANELLES ACTION ON MARCH 18 AT ABOUT 12.30 P.M.


Bou er Fnrn S.,Re. e y’. ne. q She:dburrlng on hephei Ponr Triumph Firing. Shellbursring near rtteryor i f ! Shai hole i gearerdwi 9Nt overhoeS in.o l Oh A STAGE OF THE ACTION OF MARCH 18 ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER THAN THAT SHOWN IN ILLUSTRATION NO. 4: THE “TRIUMPH” COME UP TO SUPPORT THE ” SUFFREN ” AND THE ” BOUVET ” AT ABOUT 12.45 P.M.


Kilid Bahr Forts. Tchanah Forts. Kephez Point. Fort Dardanus. Erenkeui Prince George. Charlemagne. GauIcis. SuFren. Bouve. Triumph. willage. Queen Elizabe . Lord Nelson, Agamemnon inFlexiIe. THE HOTTEST PERIOD OF THE ENGAGEMENT OF MARCH 18: A GENERAL VIEW OF THE GREAT ACTION IN THE DARDANELLES AT ABOUT I P.M., AFTER WHICH THE ENEMY’S FIRE GRADUALLY DIED DOWN. . a. _ s .. -»..,,… . .


The action in the Dardanelles on March 18 might be called a comparatively bad day for the Allies, inasmuch as it involved the sinking of two British ships, the ” Ocean” and the ” Irresistible,” and one French, the ” Bouvet,” the last-named, unhappily, with the majority of her crew. These disasters, which took place in the afternoon, were ascribed to floating mines, and not to the fire of the Turkish forts. The sketches here reproduced show various stages of the operations during the earlier part of the day, up to one o’clock. With regard to the larger sketch of the “Suffren ” and ” Bouvet,” our correspondent writes that they steamed up close to Kephez Point and attacked the Kephez Fort and one opposite on the European side at short range, engaging the Tchanak Forts at longer range simultaneously. ” Every gun on land that would bear was turned on them, and they were subjected to a fire that must have been literally infernal. So far from exaggerating, the picture minimises the shell-effect. Despite the fire, however, they remained for a quarter of an hour till ordered out, and to a large extent dominated the fire of the nearer forts and batteries. Apart from the disasters, this effort of the two French ships was distinctly the outstanding feature of the day.” In the Admiralty’s report of the action it was stated “A general attack was delivered by the British and French fleets yesterday morning upon the fortresses


at the Narrows of the Dardanelles. At 10.45 a.m., ‘Queen Elizabeth,’ ‘ Infexible,’ ‘Agamemnon,’ and ‘Lord Nelson’ bombarded Forts J, L,. T, U, and V; while ‘Triumph’ and ‘Prince George’ fired at batteries F, E, and H. A heavy fire was opened on the ships from howitzers and field-guns. At 12.22 the French squadron, consisting of the ‘Suffren,’ ‘Gaulois,’ ‘Charlemagne’ and ‘Bouvet,’ advanced up the Dardanelles to engage the forts at closer range. Forts J, U, F, and E replied strongly. Their fire was silenced by the ten battle-ships inside the Straits, all the ships being hit several times during this part of the action. By 1.25 p.m. all. forts had ceased firing.” Better news from the Dardanelles was published on April 26, when the War Office and the Admiralty announced: ” The general attack on the Dardanelles by the Fleet and the Army was resumed yesterday. The disembarkation of the Army, covered by the Fleet, began before sunrise at various points on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and, in spite of serious opposition from the enemy in strong entrenchments protected by barbed wire, was completely successful. Before nightfall large forces were established on shore. The landing of the Army and the” advance continue.”-[Drawings Copyrightrd in the Un~te States and Canada.]



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