Corporal Seyit lifting the 240 mm shell (presumably armour-piercing solid, weight 215 kg). The shell’s appearance does not give us grounds to suppose that it was a wooden dummy, what some Turkish historians suggest. In the background we can see a ripped off corner of a ammunition store, temporarily protected with sandbags, what let us presume that the photograph was taken just after March 18, 1915 in Fort Rumeli Mecidiye on the gun emplacement where Seyit served (some sources wrongly suggest that the picture was taken in Fort Rumeli Hamidiye).

(Harp Mecmuası)

An inspection of the Defence Commitee's clerks from Istanbul posing in Çanakkale by the 381 mm shell from HMS Qeen Elizabeth.

(Harp Umumi Panoraması)

The corner of the ammunition store in Fort Çimenlik ripped off on March 18, 1915 by a 381 mm (15 in.) shell from Queen Elizabeth.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

This photograph shows very clearly that as a result of Queen Elizabeth’s hit the ammunition store’s corner only collapsed and the earth covered the hole. Thus the explosion of the ammunition store’s content could not take place. The fact that this damage has never been repaired proves that Fort Çimenlik was excluded from the Dardanelles Fortified Zone’s defense system prior to March 18, 1915.

(Piotr Nykiel's collection)

The fourth ammunition store (counting from NE). A clearly visible reconstruction of the corner ripped off on March 18, 1915 by an Allied shell.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)

The sixth ammunition store (counting from NE), situated on the left side of the gun emplacement on which corporal Seyit served. The explosion of a shell that hit it caused a very extensive damage. The haste during the reparation forced the Turks to reduce the capacity of the stores left chamber to almost half. However the examination of that store’s construction rules out the explosion of the ammunition kept within.

(Photo: Piotr Nykiel)


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