Beneath the Dardanelles
Vecihi and Hatice Hurmuz Basarin
In the Australian psyche, the Gallipoli campaign is the action on Gallipoli Peninsula. But an important addition to that land campaign was the part played by the Australian submarine HMAS AE2. The AE2 achieved a daring passage through the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915 when Anzac troops were landing on the other side at Anzac Cove. The Royal and French navies' previous attempts at passage had ended in disaster. AE2's mission to 'run amuck' ended after five days in the Sea of Marmara when it was caught by the Turkish Sultanhisar torpedo boat. After being holed, AE2's Captain Stoker scuttled the submarine and its crew were saved by Sultanhisar's captain, Ali Riza. This book is based on the memoirs of the captains of AE2 and Sultanhisar. Paperback. photographs, 211 pages.