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Thread #40287 Message #822556
Posted By: GUEST,Q
09-Nov-02 - 11:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Suvla Bay
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suvla Bay
Suda Bay on Crete was involved in the Battle of Crete, WW2. German forces, in a land, sea, air battle, defeated the "British" and Greek forces. The "British" were forced to evacuate the island. Losses were severe and more forces were lost during the evacuation. A number of British warships were lost or severely damaged. I put "British" in quotes because Australian and other forces were involved, but Chambers just puts British in their minimal description of the Battle of Crete.
Suvla Bay of WW1 is not in modern atlases because proper Turkish names are now applied, but it is the bay at the northwest corner of the Gallipoli Peninsula on the Aegean Sea (opposite side of the peninsula from Gallipoli). It is now called Büyuk Kemikli Burun.
In the Enc. Britannica article on the Dardanelles Campaign, there is the remark "As a consequence of the failure in Suvla during the early days of its occupation, certain changes in command were carried out." The major failing was not moving inland at once. Eventually, the Bay was evacuated.