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Title: Battlefield Detectives: The Gallipoli Catastrophe
Channel Transmitted: History Channel UK, Discovery Channel, Five
Source: TVrip (DVB-S)
Category: Documentary / Educational
In 1915 the Gallipoli beaches in Turkey were the scene of one of the world's most infamous military disasters; a catastrophe that epitomises the horrors of World War One. Tonight's episode of Battlefield Detectives, screening Thursday 20 April at 8.30pm, reveals the Gallipoli campaign was lost even before the first soldiers landed.
The Gallipoli defeat of the British and ANZAC troops, has been blamed on bungling in London, the whole campaign was a humiliating failure that Britain has since tried to forget. But new analysis suggests the Gallipoli disaster was down to something much more fundamental than bad leadership. Leading geologist Peter Doyle explains that the terrain of Gallipoli was an even more brutal enemy, than the Turkish troops.
Examination of the original maps used by British intelligence to plan the landings, clearly show gross inaccuracies. The hills, contours and ridges of the area were missing from the maps, providing a false sense of the area. Also lacking was the information about the superiority of the Turkish defence. They were fully aware of the planned invasion and were waiting armed with the latest machine guns, capable of firing 600 bullets a minute.
The Allied soldiers who landed at Gallipoli were set an impossible task. No amount of leadership or planning could have defeated this combination. So why was it allowed to happen?
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