Quest for oil fired the Gallipoli campaign (September lunch)

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Historians John and Hatice Basarin

Historians John and Hatice Basarin. Photo: Phillip Schuler. Australian War Memorial

The move from a coal to an oil-fired navy drove Britain to embark on the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. The empire failed to take the Dardanelles. It did, however, carve up the Middle East in its quest for oil. Historians Dr John Basarin OAM and Hatice Basarin told our September lunch that these arbitrary borders gave rise to many of the issues the region experiences today.

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