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1945-1989 (production), Second World War (content)
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Smith, Lyn E (recorder)
Hemsley, Arthur (interviewee/speaker)
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A map shows the British plan to invade the Gallipoli peninsula. Winston Churchill is superimposed on top.
First World War

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On the 9th of January 1916, the last remaining Allied troops on the Gallipoli peninsula were evacuated. Despite catastrophic predictions, the withdrawal went off without a hitch and the entire force escaped with only a few casualties. It was the only bright spark in a campaign marked by failure. In this episode of IWM Stories, Alan Wakefield explores what went wrong at Gallipoli and why the evacuations were the only success.

a Greek flour mill stands on a cliff in the right foreground overlooking a large
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This Able Seaman Produced Incredible Drawings Of The Gallipoli Campaign

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