Panoramic view of the british “Dardanelles Fleet” 1915.
The fleet comprised 18 battleships with a supporting array of cruisers and destroyers, sought to target the narrowest point of the Dardanelles, where the straits are 1 mile wide. The fleet would took part at the disastrous campaing of Gallipoli, proposed by the First Lord of the Admralty, Winston Churchill.
At the end of the campaing, over 500,000 men were lost on both Ottoman and Allied sides. By the words of sir Winston Churchill at the begining of the operatio: “Casualties were to be expected”.