By Peter J Murray Affiliation: RAN
The Gallipoli crusade is characteristically remembered because the motion at the Gallipoli Peninsula in Australia, yet an immense addition to that land crusade used to be the half performed by way of the Australian submarine HMAS AE2. The AE2 accomplished a bold passage in the course of the Dardanelles on April 25, 1915 whilst Anzac troops have been touchdown at the different aspect at Anzac Cove. The Royal and French navies' past makes an attempt at passage had resulted in catastrophe. AE2's undertaking to 'run amuck' ended after 5 days within the Sea of Marmara whilst it was once stuck by way of the Turkish Sultanhisar torpedo boat. After being holed, AE2's captain Stoker scuttled the submarine and its staff was once kept through Sultanhisar's captain, Ali Riza. underneath the Dardanelles tells AE2's tale from either the Australian and Turkish views, and lines extracts from the memoirs of the 2 captains. infrequently in army books are each side of a conflict provided so lightly. The submarine lay undiscovered at the backside of the ocean till 1998 and awaits its future because the biggest historic Australian relic of the Gallipoli crusade. the way forward for AE2 might be newsworthy for years yet to come and this publication makes an incredible contribution to that tale
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Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Stoker threw himself enthusiastically into his new life on stage, acting and directing throughout Britain and Ireland. By the outbreak of the Second World War, he had established a respectable reputation, sharing fame regularly with Olivier, Gielgud and other notable contemporaries in many wellacclaimed stage productions. He interrupted this career during the war to command a naval base and help plan the D-Day landings. indd Sec1:32 18/7/08 12:55:09 PM Captain Stoker’s story 33 Champion.
When the Ottoman Empire captured Constantinople and . renamed it Istanbul in 1453, thereby ending the Byzantine Empire’s reign, the importance of the Dardanelles as the . defender of the capital Istanbul was self-evident. Over the centuries, Ottoman sultans progressively built massive fortifications along the strait. The major ones at the entrance to the strait were built in 1657, after the Turks had broken a Venetian blockade of the Dardanelles that had lasted many years. By 1914, there were these two forts at each side of the entrance, another set of forts 17 kilometres further up, and finally eleven forts (five in Europe and six in Asia) defending the Narrows.
The reason for this was obvious. The morrow, Sunday, April 25th, was the day of disembarkation of our attacking army. The transports were to approach the shore at daylight, and while the landing of the troops was carried on, the fleet would engage the forts and batteries. indd Sec1:37 18/7/08 12:55:12 PM 38 Beneath the Dardanelles to be expected that many floating mines would be launched in the Narrows. So AE2 must endeavour to hamper the movements of any mine-dropping ships and, in the words of the Chief of Staff, ‘Generally run amuck’ off Chanak.
Beneath the Dardanelles: The Australian Submarine at Gallipoli [Book Review] by Peter J Murray Affiliation: RAN