february / 20


20th February, 1915 : The Royal Navy carried the war to the Turkish enemy today when a fleet of battleships and battle cruisers, supported by a French squadron, opened a day-long bombardment of the forts guarding the entrance to the Dardanelles. Heavy shells from over a hundred guns pounded the earth forts, silencing the fire of all but one. The allied fleet under Vice-Admiral Sackville Carden suffered neither hit nor casualty. The forts were first bombarded from long range for over six hours. Admiral Carden then decided to send in older ships to bring their smaller guns into action. They poured murderous fire into the forts. The bombardment has caused panic in Constantinople.

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