Beneath The Dardanelles
The Australian Submarine at Gallipoli
By Vecihi Basarin
This book tells the story of the submarine in a five day romp around the Dardanelles before it was scuttled and the crew taken prisoner by the Turks. It is based on the diaries of the Australian submarine commander and the commander of the Turkish warship who finally ran the AE2 to ground.
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.
Beneath the Dardanelles tells AE2's story from both the Australian and Turkish perspectives, and features extracts from the memoirs of the two captains. Rarely in military books are both sides of a battle presented so evenly.
The submarine lay undiscovered on the bottom of the sea until 1998 and awaits its destiny as the largest historical Australian relic of the Gallipoli campaign. The future of AE2 will be newsworthy for years to come and this book makes an important contribution to that story.
Vecihi Basarin is a retired Chemical Engineer who worked in the private and public sectors in the offshore oil and gas, industry assistance, petroleum, petrochemical, investment attraction, tourism and environmental protection related fields in Turkey, Norway, USA, Brazil, Germany and the UK. Hatice Basarin is a town planner who came to Australia in 1979. After receiving a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Melbourne, she has worked as a policy and research officer on land use planning, local government and public housing issues. Their first book -Gallipoli: The Turkish Story£ was published by Allen & Unwin in 2003. They live in Melbourne.
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02 Apr 2009
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