Winston Churchill – inspired plan or tragic blunder?

At the start of the First World War, Winston Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, which meant he was the politician responsible for the Royal Navy. As a world maritime empire, Britain relied on its huge navy, so the position was an immensely powerful one in 1914. Was Churchill’s decision to send the navy to the Dardanelles a tragic mistake or a clever plan?

Here Dr. Warren Dockter – and expert on Churchill’s links with Islam and the Ottoman Empire – gives a very different perspective: he says that Churchill hoped that a show of naval strength would lead to a coup in the Ottoman Empire, and that Britain and Turkey would become allies. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way.