May be unbelievable but true...
One day a battlecruiser comes through the winds
of war and an empire enters to this world war. This
warship was SMS Goeben,
a 23.000 ton battlecruiser of Kaiserliche
Marine, so called Imperial German
Navy, and the empire was the Ottoman Empire.
On Agust 10, 1914, the giant
battlecruiser SMS Goeben and her companion the
light cruiser SMS Breslau arrived to
Canakkale (Gallipoli) Coast, under the
command of Admiral Wilhelm Souchon.. It was the
early days of WWI.. After a
short and stressy while, the Ottoman
Government gave a visa to Admiral for
passing through the Canakkale Strait. The
warships entered into the Turkish
waters and arrived to Istanbul on August 16, 1914 at dawn.
After a few days, the
Ottoman Empire decided to buy these powerful
from Germany. The Ottoman Emperor gave new names to the ships : Yavuz and
Midilli. SMS Goeben' s new name was Yavuz Sultan Selim (Yavuz)..
But these days were also very hard
days for the old empire. There was a great
pressure over old Ottoman Government. The probable
decisions were all very
critical and the problems were growing day by day. Then,
one day the Turkish
Government secretly (and suddenly) decided to
enter the war as a companion
of German Empire and the Axis Forces.
Following the decision, on October
28, 1914 a Turkish fleet consisting of Yavuz,
Midilli, Hamidiye, Berk and several destroyers steamed to the Russian
On 29, October, these
warships put the operation of bombardment of
harbors Sebastopol and Novorossijsk. During the same
period, other cruisers
Gayret and Muavenet opened fire on another harbor, Odessa.
After this attack,
Turkish warships sunk several Russian ships at
Black Sea during their course
important harbors of the Russian Empire, Odessa,
Novorossijsk were in flames and Ottoman Empire was at World War One.
The 11 inch guns
of Yavuz were started a new era, in the cold
morning of 29,
October 1914 and the fate of and empire changed. The fate of WWI
The Kaiserliche Marine warships SMS Goeben
and SMS Breslau
at Canakkale (Gallipoli). These two warships arrived into Turkish
waters on August 10, 1914 at dawn.