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JANUARY 8

Allies Withdraw From Gallipoli - 1916

Allied forces of World War I are led to a massive withdrawal from the shores of Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula, ending with the disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire. The Gallipoli peninsula, which guards the Marmara Sea entrance, became the scene of a massacre when the Allies attacked the Turkish guards in February 1915. The French and British battleships showed their hegemony over Turkish land artillery. , but the naval mines decimated the Allied fleet, forcing a land battle that over nearly a year caused 250,000 Allied casualties. Approximately a similar number of Turkish soldiers were injured or killed. On January 8, 1916, after 11 months of bloody and futile advances, the Allied forces withdrew.