Item 01: Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett diary, 1915-1917 - Page 233
has rendered its position off the coast intolerable. We have already lost three capital ships and have little or nothing to show for it. If we are to eventually achieve our original objective, the task can only be accomplished by the army. The lighter vessels of the Fleet must still be utilised for bombarding the enemy's guns and keeping down the Asiatic batteries. Also, the Fleet must safeguard the seaway from Malta and the landing of supplies. But if we are to achieve our original objective, namely, the taking of Constantinople by opening up the Narrows, the task can only be accomplished by the army.
But not the army such as we have now. We want at least another five divisions. We cannot say we are in a position to clear the Dardanelles, to allow the Fleet to pass, until we have driven all the Turkish armies out of the Gallipoli Peninsula, north of the lines of Bulair into Thrace, where they can do us no more harm. Or else, we must bottle them up in Gallipoli by getting astride the Peninsula and cutting off their supplies. Such a movement with an entirely new army landed at Bulair or Enos would probably lead to decisive results, especially if a few more submarines of the latest type were sent to the fleet to stop traffic from Asia to Europe. Once we get astride the Peninsula and present a strong defensive front towards the North and South, I believe the Turks would be obliged to abandon their position in front of Anzac and along Achi Baba inside of a week. Even now the