The Gallipoli Campaign
Suported by Living Legacies 1914-18 engagement centre
The Gallipoli Campaign, known to the Turkish as the battle of Canakkale, still remains controversial.
France, Britain and its dominions fought to eliminate Turkey from the Great War by landing on the northern bank of the Dardanelles, marching on the Ottoman capital Constantinople to open the Dardanelles sea channel to Russia. A brilliant strategic plan was marred by tactical failure and poor execution. The initial naval attack was repelled and the following land campaign also failed at a cost of 250,000 allied casualties, which led to the invasion force being evacuated in January 1916 after 8 months of fighting.
This conference sought to examine this campaign 100 years on with special focus on the experience and role of Ireland and Irish people.
- Dr Timothy Bowman (University of Kent)
- Dr Myles Dungan (Historian & Braodcaster)
- Professor Keith Jeffery (Queen's University Belfast)
- John Lee (Author & historian)
- Tom Thorpe (Kings College London)