30th April 2015 from 10.00am to 4.00pm; cost £4.00 (Donation)
A joint conference by PRONI and Antrim and Down Western Front Association branch
Venue: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), 2 Titanic Boulevard, BELFAST, BT3 9HQ.
The Gallipoli Campaign, known to the Turkish as the Battle of Çanakkale, still remains controversial. France, Britain and its dominion sought 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 subsequent land campaign also failed at a cost 250,000 allied casualties which led to the invasion force being evacuated in January 1916 after eight months of fighting. This conference seeks to examine this campaign 100 years on with special focus on the experience and role of Ireland and Irish people.
Please click here for a (draft) programme for further details