March 2015: Gallipoli in pictures

To mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign commencing April 1915, PRONI has selected a scrapbook of water-colours, sketches and photographs in connection to the First World War as document of the month in March.

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Head of Public Services, Stephen Scarth said

“This scrapbook was compiled by a Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur O’Neill Cubitt Chichester who was serving in the Dardanelles during the First World War. Of particular interest are a series of water colour sketches that includes a shell exploding over water and the caption – “Rainy Day looking toward the Peninsula. Big shell bursting. View almost more beautiful – if possible – upside down.

It is all too easy to think of the Gallipoli battle as an abstract concept that took place long ago and far away. However Lt.-Col. Chichester’s paintings bring the area to life. His paintings include the view of the coast from Achi Baba towards what has become known as Anzac Cove. Other images include views of the allied camp, a stormy sunset over the hills, and soldiers in Suvla Bay before the evacuation in December 1915.

The contribution by Ireland to the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War was one of major significance. The land offensive began on 25 April 1915, when the allies launched an amphibious landing on the peninsula with the eventual aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. Both the naval and land campaign would fail to achieve their mission objectives.”

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