Sedd el Bahr

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sedd el bahr
Seddülbahir is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 40°02′41″N 26°11′16″E / 40.0447°N 26.1877°E / 40.0447; 26.1877Coordinates: 40°02′41″N 26°11′16″E / 40.0447°N 26.1877°E / 40.0447; 26.1877
Country Turkey
RegionMarmara Region
ProvinceÇanakkale Province
 • Total286
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)286
License plate17

Sedd el Bahr (in modern Turkish, Seddülbahir, meaning "Walls of the Sea" in Ottoman) is a village in the district of Eceabat, Çanakkale Province, Turkey. It is located at Cape Helles on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. The village lies east of the cape, on the shore of the Dardanelles. It was the site of V Beach, the landing zone for two Irish battalions, including one from the SS River Clyde, on 25 April 1915 during the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I.

Sedd el Bahr castle and village seen from the SS River Clyde during the landing at Cape Helles, 25 April 1915

At the tip of the Sedd el Bahr promontory is the castle, Sedd el Bahr Kale, also known as Eski Kale ("Old Castle") which was built in 1659. The British designated the castle "Fort No. 3" (at the other end of V Beach was "Fort No. 1", also known as Fort Ertugrul) and it was equipped with 10 artillery pieces, including two 28 cm Krupp L/22 guns. The castle was bombarded by the Royal Navy on 3 November 1914 causing serious damage and killing 86 Turkish soldiers.

The British attacked the Turkish forts on 19 February 1915 at the start of the naval operations in the Dardanelles Campaign. Sedd el Bahr was subjected to repeated bombardment and raids by naval demolition teams and the position was deemed too exposed. By the peak of naval operations on 18 March, Sedd el Bahr and Kum Kale, across the straits, had been eliminated as threats.

Sedd el Bahr is mentioned in the traditional Irish song "The Foggy Dew" in the line "It was better to die 'neath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sud el Bar". This line references the 1916 Easter Rising, which took place in Ireland almost exactly a year after the landing at Suvla Bay as part of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Today, the population of the village is 286, as of 2011.[2]

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