Dardanos / Hasan Mevsuf Bataryası (Fort No. 8)

Armament: five 150 mm L/40 naval guns (two from Muin-i Zafer corrvette, three from Âsar-ı Tevfik battleship)

The battery was originally named “Dardanos” because of its vicinity of Dardanos Mound. On May 16, 1915 its name was officially changed for “Hasan Mevsuf” to commemorate the commander Lt. Hasan Hulûsi and the second in command 2nd Lt. Mevsuf who together with four other artillerymen were killed during the battle of March 18, 1915.


A 150 mm L/40 gun from Âsar-ı Tevfik battleship on a photograph taken in Dardanos Battery after March 18, 1915. Note a hole made in the armor plate by a small caliber naval shell.

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The same gun in 2008

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

The same gun in 2008. Note the mounting damaged by the shell.

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Dardanos Battery in mid 1990’s. Two guns in the foreground are coming from Muin-i Zafer corrvette, three other in the background from Âsar-ı Tevfik battleship. All guns were blown up by the British after WWI.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

Dardanos Battery in mid 1990’s. Two guns from Muin-i Zafer corrvette.

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Dardanos Battery in mid 1990’s. Two guns from Âsar-ı Tevfik battleship.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

Dardanos Battery in mid 1990’s. The better preserved gun from Âsar-ı Tevfik battleship. The arrow mark shows the position of Rumeli Mesudiye Battery (Fort No. 7).

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Dardanos Battery in mid 1990’s. A gun from Âsar-ı Tevfik battleship.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

Dardanos Battery in mid 1990’s. A gun from Muin-i Zafer corrvette.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

The Ottoman inscription “Ferdinand Krupp Essen” on one of Muin-i Zafer guns.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

Lt. Hasan Hulûsi’s gravestone on the Dardanos Battery war cemetery. The medallion with his portrait was stolen at the beginning of 2000’s.

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2nd Lt. Mevsuf’s grave on the Dardanos Battery war cemetery.

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The demolition of Dardanos Battery started just after WWI by the British has been completed in recent years by the local Turkish authorities who – having hectares of empty area around it – constructed the radio direction finder right in the place where the battery was!!! The original concrete gun emplacements have been completely destroyed. Only the incorrectly placed remains of guns are left… A perfect example of crime committed on the historical heritage – a crime which in any other European country would have been prosecuted.

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Radio direction finder in the middle of the Dardanos Battery.

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A view from Dardanos Battery towards the Southern entrance to the Dardanelles.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

 

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