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Letters from the Front

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( Played on Operations.)

The Dardanelles Campaign that took place at Gallipoli is one of the most famous battles of the Great War. It  took place on April 25th, 1915 to January 9th, 1916. The Peninsula forms at the north bank of the Dardanelles, a strait that provided a direct route to the Russians in the Black Sea. Intending to secure it, the Western Allies launched an amphibious assault with the intent to capture Constantinople and end the war in the Near East.

In the fall of 1914, the race to the sea in France alongside a war of maneuver had ended movement in Western Europe, and began the stalemate that would later come to define the Western Front during The Great War, trench lines had been dug from the border of Switzerland down to the English Channel. The German and Austria-Hungarian Empires were at war with the Allies and had closed the trading routes between Britain, France, and Russia. The Baltic Sea was blocked by the Imperial German Navy and Russia declared war on Turkey in November, Britain and France soon followed and so began the campaign in the Dardanelles and  this would be the beginning of the war in Arabia, opening a new front: Fighting broke out in Mesopotamia ( Modern day Iraq.), The Persian Gulf, Suez, and Sinai in the years to come.

The Operation was under the leadership of Winston Churchill, who was the First Lord of the Admiralty who would later go on to lead Britain as Prime Minister during the Second World War. After numerous attempts failed, the Allied navies tried to break through the straits, but artillery, torpedoes, and large belts of mines caused devastation and sinking many ships. It was then the task of the infantry to capture the Peninsula and destroy the Ottoman defenses by land.

Landing at Capes Helles

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The landing at Capes Helles was part of the amphibious assault of the Gallipoli Peninsula by the British and French.  Helles was at the foot of the pensinsula and was the main landing area. With support of the British Royal Navy, the Allies was to advance six miles along the coastline on the first day and seize Achi Baba. The British were then to capture the forts that guarded the straits of the Dardanelles, a fake landing took place at Bulair and a real landing at Anzac Cove were made by the ANZACs before dawn broke and a diversionary landing was made by the French. By nightfall, the French made another demonstration at Basika Bay.

The beaches at Cape Helles became bloodbaths, although the British managed to secure a foothold it came at a brutal price and their plans were in disarray. After their landing at the beaches, the British would struggle to reach their objectives that they were supposed to take on the first day.

Operations on Capes Helles isn’t very good and the map itself isn’t very good as well. Capes Helles holds true for the actual battle since it favors defenders but it favors defenders a little too much as when I played on the attackers, we couldn’t move off the beach until the last wave of reinforcements and then we just got ripped a new one. Capes Helles itself isn’t very good as well, I guess DICE tried to pull off Omah Beach but failed to do so and as a result the map design suffered.

One thing I actually like about Capes Helles is that the map design holds true to the actual battle and is one of the few maps in Battlefield 1 that is based around what actually happened. The details holds true to what’s on the peninsula and how Capes Helles looked like a century ago but I just think DICE could’ve worked on it a little bit more and release it as a free map.

Achi Baba

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The heights of Achi Baba dominated the Gallipoli Peninsula and were the primary objective of the Allies. The Ottomans had dug defensive positions around the town of Krithia and prepared machine-gun emplacements and artillery nests that were camouflaged. From the heights, the Ottomans could look down at each of the landing sites and could direct their fire from there and every attempt to seize the heights would become an uphill struggle. The MEF Commander-in-Chief had set the heights as a capture point for the British during their landings at Capes Helles. Four attempt to seize Achi Baba all failed, and the heights remained in Ottoman hands.

After the failure of Gallipoli, the British retreated to Egypt while the French were deployed at Thessaloniki. In Egypt, the British and the Dominion troops were formed into the MEF and they joined The Force in Egypt to become a reserve for the British Empire. The Anzacs were disbanded, and those units were called to Europe in the middle of 1916.

The significance of Gallipoli is felt strongly both in Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey. In Australia and New Zealand, the date of April 25th is commemorated every year as “Anzac Day.” , the first iteration of the commemoration was in 1916 before being a holiday in 1926. In Turkey, the battle is thought of as a significant event in the nation’s emergence and for them, March 18th holds a similar significance to April 25th as it is the day that the Ottomans repulsed the British Royal Navy at Çanakkale. The Gallipoli campaign’s main significance for the  Turkish people lies in the role that it played during the Turkish War of Independence and the emergence of Mustafa Kemal, Turkey’s first president who first rose to fame during the battle.

Achi Baba is probably one of my favorite maps as opposed to Cape Helles, it’s close quartered and very hectic. Achi Baba reminds me alot of Laguna Presa from Bad Company 2 in the way it’s styled but quite isn’t it. Achi Baba is very similar to Fort Vaux and other closed quartered maps of the Battlefield franchise, there’s alot of grenade spam and alot of CQC combat but you can bend the map to your playstyle which I like. You can either play as a sniper or as a Support gunner and still have success on the battlefield but I must say that the map doesn’t quite work on Operations but it does on Conquest which is great although I’m not sure why they added Gallipoli as part of this DLC when it could’ve been in a free map but anyways, personal opinion aside I really enjoy this map and it’s great fun.

Stay tuned for the last two maps of Turning Tides.

 

 

 

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