See Article History Alternative Title: After a sensational rise to prominence in national politics before World War I, Churchill acquired a reputation for erratic judgment in the war itself and in the decade that followed.
A good army of 50, and sea-power—that is the end of the Turkish menace.
The attack on Gallipoli began on the morning of February 19,with long-range bombardment of the peninsula by British and French battleships. Despite initial success, the attack stalled as the weather grew worse and Allied minesweepers drew heavy fire.
Under pressure from Churchill to continue the attack, the British naval commander in the region, Admiral Sackville Carden, suffered a nervous collapse and was replaced by Vice-Admiral John de Robeck.
Days later on the morning of March 18, British and French battleships entered the straits and launched an attack. Again, the Allies had the upper hand in the initial hours until undetected mines sank three ships and severely damaged three others.
With half of his fleet out of commission, de Robeck ordered a withdrawal.
Churchill wanted his commander to press on, but de Robeck wanted to wait for army support forces, which were now being provided after all. As the fleet hesitated, it lost the advantage.
In the wake of the failed naval attack, the Allies launched a major land invasion of Gallipoli on April The month-long delay allowed the Turks to rush reinforcements to the peninsula and boost their defenses, and the British, French and members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ANZAC could make little progress from their beachheads.
The turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea turned crimson as the stiff Turkish resistance struck down the waves of Allied forces that washed ashore.
The Battle of Gallipoli became a slaughter and quickly morphed into a stalemate just as bloody, just as pointless as that on the Western Front. In the first month after storming the peninsula, the Allies lost 45, men.
The ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign lasted nine months before the evacuation of the last Allied troops in January Each side sustainedcasualties with 46, Allied troops and 65, Turkish troops dead. The invasion had been scuttled by incompetence and hesitancy by military commanders, but, fairly or unfairly, Churchill was the scapegoat.
The Gallipoli disaster threw the government into crisis, and the Liberal prime minister was forced to bring the opposition Conservatives into a coalition government. As part of their agreement to share power, the Conservatives wanted Churchill, a renegade politician who had bolted their party a decade earlier, out from the Admiralty.
In MayChurchill was demoted to an obscure cabinet post. In Novemberthe statesman turned soldier. Churchill resigned from the government, picked up a gun and headed to the front lines in France as an infantry officer with the Royal Scots Fusiliers.
After several brushes with death, he returned to politics in as the munitions minister in a new coalition government headed by Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Churchill, however, remained haunted by Gallipoli for decades.
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The name Winston Churchill is recognised across the globe as a major political influence throughout World War 2. Born on 30 November , Churchill was a British politician (a member of the Conservative party) and a statesman who was well known for his leadership and the now famous speeches that he made to the people of the United Kingdom during the events of World War 2.
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