Learning Curve, The Great War
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Part of a note on whether to publish the papers on the campaign, July 1918
(Catalogue ref: CAB 17/184)

CONFIDENTIAL.

WAR COMMITTEE.

THE PUBLICATION OF PAPERS ON THE
DARDANELLES OPERATIONS.

(Note by the Chief of the Imperial General Staff).

I am strongly opposed to the publication at the present time of any papers dealing with the Dardanelles operations for the following reasons:-

1. Publication would call attention to a story which brings little credit to our methods of conducting war. It would, I am convinced, affect disadvantageously our prestige in the East, where moral factors have more than ordinary weight; and this at a time when we are beginning to reassert our influence.

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