Battle of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli: Historical Perspectives and Tributes

In commemoration of one of the most decisive series of battles that changed the course of history during the World War I (1914-1918), Rumi Forum Islamabad Chapter held an afternoon talk on March 20, 2013.

Titled as Battle of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli: Historical Perspectives and Tributes, the afternoon talk delivered by Mr. Suat Erguvan, Vice President and Director, Islamabad Chapter, Rumi Forum, focused on the Turkish victory over the Allied Armada and the ANZAC forces during the World War I. The decisive triumph of the Turkish artillery over the Allied navy on March 18, 1915 led to the land assaults carried on by the ANZAC forces which proved disastrous, leading to hundreds of thousands of lives lost from the defending Ottomans and the Allied Forces.

The defense by the Ottoman forces led to the longevity of the World War I by at least 2 years. This affected the Russian Empire, which was waiting for the vital assistance of the Allied Forces to curb the Bolshevik peril and also dealt a blow to the morale of the Allied Powers.