Saturday, 14 December 2013

Support from the Navy

During the invasion the Royal Navy provided a variety of support to the Anzacs

The freighter "Manica" was fitted out to carry an observation balloon which was used to spot Ottoman targets inland and beyond to the Dardenelles.

A number of battleships were made available to provide heavy gun support to the Anzacs as they landed and moved inland. They were also to disrupt enemy troop movements towards the area under attack.

H.M.S. Ark Royal was offshore and planes from it were used for various spotting and reconnaissance roles above the battlefield.

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