Winston Churchill, Turkey and the High Cost of Two Dreadnoughts

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Another manic Sunday. I am doing my best as a nurse to Judy, went in to conduct Chapel services and then came home to discover our air conditioner is not working. Fun city, temperature about 90 degrees and a heat index close to 100. Anyway, that being said I am republishing an article I wrote a year ago bout how one short-sighted decision, based on military expediency had an effect on history that still continues to this day.

Have a great day,

Peace

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One of the more interesting and overlooked factors in the days leading up to the First World War, which had significant ramifications in the Middle East involved Winston Churchill. Churchill was serving as First Lord of the Admiralty and made a decision which ensured the Ottoman Empire would be pushed into an alliance with Germany.

For many years Britain had been the chief supplier of ships for the Ottoman Navy. In fact in the years leading up to World War One the Ottomans had purchased over 40 ships from Great Britain and on August 2nd 1914 was expecting to take delivery of two, extremely modern Dreadnoughts, the Sultan Osman I and the Reshadieh. The Sultan Osman was armed with fourteen 12” guns, the Reshadiehwith ten 13” guns, making them the equal or superior to most battleships afloat. The Turkish Government had paid over 4 billion Pounds for the…

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