Submarines in action - Gallipoli 1915 - Gosport Lecture Dec 7th .

here y'go peeps,

Gallipoli 1915 explored at Submarine Museum

The remarkable tale of the disastrous WW1 campaign at Gallipoli and its legacy will be explored by local historian Kit Power at a special fundraising evening talk, illustrated with numerous photographs, on Wednesday 7 December at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire.

Kit Power, historian said, “The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 was a costly military failure which involved terrible human suffering and remarkable individual courage with no less than 39 Victoria Crosses awarded in the nine months of the campaign. In particular, the exploits of the Submarine service in diving beneath the minefields were just astonishing”

There were two significant military achievements –one was the actions of the British submarines in the Dardanelles and the other was the remarkable and successful evacuation of the land forces at the end of the campaign – a classic success which remains unequalled to this day.This talk will explain the objectives of the campaign, what happened and, from some eye-witness accounts, what it was actually like. It will also describe the key commanders some of the ships, submarines and aircraft that were involved and what the Gallipoli peninsular is like today.

One of the heroes of Gallipoli was submariner Lieutenant Commander Martin Nasmith who gained theVictoria Cross whilst commanding HMS E11. He, penetrated Turkish defences protecting Constantinople Harbour, and torpedoed the steamer Istanbul. HMS E11 was the first hostile warship to enter the Golden Horn in 500 years.

Profits raised from this fundraising talk will go towards the Saving HMS Alliance. Work has now started on the conservation of the historic WW2 era submarine that is the memorial to all submariners who have lost their lives since the service began in 1901.

Tickets for this talk are £12 and can be bought by calling 023 92510 354 ext 241 or on the night at the Submarine Museum. Details for all events can be found online at or by calling 023 92510354 ext 240.

For more information contact Bill Sainsbury on 07725641448 or [email protected]

The Naval contribution is sometimes seen as a side issue to the campaign - could be of interest ? And in support of a worthwhile cause.

Incidentally, a London Division RNVR Middy/A/Lt won a VC for his actions in the boat operation during the landing....wonder if he will get a mention.....​

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