Learning Curve, The Great War
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Extracts from a meeting of the Dardanelles Committee, 27 August 1915
(Catalogue ref: CAB 42/3/17)
  • The Dardanelles Committee was made up of senior government ministers to plan and watch over the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
  • At the time of the meeting, the campaign had clearly reached a stalemate. British and Allied troops fought off a series of attacks by the Turks at different parts of the peninsula, with heavy losses on both sides. The British and Allied forces were completely unable to make any progress against the Turkish forces.
  • As this document shows, by August a number of British politicians had lost faith in the campaign and were asking questions of Winston Churchill and Lord Kitchener. Sir Edward Carson and Andrew Bonar Law were particularly concerned about the levels of casualties and the fact that the British public were unaware of the situation.
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