In 1915 the western Allies sent a massive invasion force of British, Indian, Australian, and New Zealander troops to attempt to open up the strait. At the battle of Gallipoli, Turkish troops trapped the Allies on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula.
The 'Chanak Crisis' of 1922 centred around a British and French force stationed at Çanakkale after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Çanakkale on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 40° 9' 23.54" N 26° 22' 24.90" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Çanakkale geçilmez .
Çanakkale is a town and seaport on the Asian coast of the Dardanelles at their narrowest point. It was an Ottoman fortress called Sultaniye kalesi (Fortress of the Sultan).
This place is famous first of all because of the Persian King Xerxes who built his bridge of boats across the narrowest point of Dardanelles to land 100.000 troops on Thrace as part of his planned conquest of Europe. Xerxes' first attempt to bridge the Hellespont ended in failure when a storm destroyed the flax and papyrus bridge. Xerxes ordered the Hellespont whipped three hundred times and had fetters thrown into the water. Xerxes' second attempt to bridge the Hellespont was successful.
Alexander the Great began his eastern campaign by crossing the strait here. There were Arab and Crusader invasions in the following centuries.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Çanakkale on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 40° 9' 7.13" N 26° 24' 15.36" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Çanakkale .
You can see original Troy Horse which is used n Troy film n Canakkale.
Fondest memory: It is Iocated on a mound called ''Hisarlýk'' on the south-east side of the plain of the River Scamender, where the Straits join with the Aegean and are tather narrow, within the boundaries of the Province of Çanakkale Troy is famous for different reasons. First it is associated with the sagas of the Trojan War told by Homer in the ''Iliad and the Odyses''. Second it is Iinked with the German excavator Schliemann who dug the ground the first time. At the end of the excavations nine cities have been unearthed. Later on they have been subdivided into 46 strata.