The depth of information contained in the multitude of internet sites (...) has hopefully bolstered my research, so thanks to the dozens of nameless individuals who have placed such information in the public domain, although one such website does deserve a special mention: Piotr Nykiel’s excellent

“Foreword and Acknowledgements” of The Defence of the Dardanelles. From Bombards to Battleships
by Michael Forrest, Pen & Sword Maritime, Barnsley 2012, p. X

Nowadays there is a mass of material, of mixed value, on the Internet. One site deserves special mention: the writings on the Dardanelles campaign of Piotr Nykiel, formerly of the Polish diplomatic service, who was stationed in Ankara from 2000 to 2004 and joined the department of Turkish studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He provides a neutral and unusual viewpoint and his papers can be reached via

Dan van der Vat, The Dardanelles Disaster: Winston Churchill's Greatest Failure, New York 2009

I have visited your internet-page the first time. It was in many ways a big surprise. Normally information by internet-websiters of the Ottoman armed Forces during the WWI are useless. Your site is the first I saw which gave a little more from the Turkish point of view.

Bernd Langensiepen

While surfing in the internet, accidentally I found your website, which impressed me much.

Jarosław Malinowski
Editor-in-chief of “Okręty Wojenne” [”Warships”] monthly, Poland


Cmdr. Krzysztof Kubiak
Academy of National Defence, Poland

Your site has brought some incredible detail to our research. I have truly enjoyed you site, I have went over every picture at least 3 times, and I have read every article at least twice. It is an asset to those of us interested in Turkish forts and artillery during the Great War.

Tim Rigsby

I wish to compliment you on your excellent website. (...) I knew where the places the British called Forts No. 1 and No. 3 were located, but nobody could tell me where Fort No. 2 was -- until I came across your site. I found your site because a link with the site was posted on the “Great War Forum” website. It is really great to find a site that has solid information on the Ottoman side of the story. I found the story of the Polish men who served with the Ottomans very interesting.

Philip Lecane, author of “Torpedoed! The R.M.S. Leinster Disaster”,
now researching the landing at Seddulbahir 25 April 1915.

Congratulations on your excellent website about the Naval operations in the Dardanelles in 1915. I found it to be both informative and interesting. As a student of coast defense fortifications, I found the sections about fortifications and artillery to be particularly valuable. They contain a significant amount of information that I had not encountered before. I highly recommend it to all who are interested in both the Dardanelles campaign in specific and coast defenses in general. I look forward to your further additions to your website.

CDR C. B. Robbins, USN (Ret.)
Member: CDSG/FSG

Your website is an excellent example of how to provide credible research. Thank you for that.

Vecihi (John) Basarin
Melbourne, Australia

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