100 years ago: the sinking of the Léon Gambetta


It was exactly 100 years ago, during the night from 26 April to 27 April 1915. A few miles from the shores of Italian Apulia, close to Leuca to be more precise, French cruiser Léon Gambetta was sunk by two torpedoes fired by Austro-Hungarian submarine U5, under the command of Georg von Trapp (portrayed below)

I’ve almost never written anything about this tragedy in this blog (except for a post about a beautiful portrait of a sailor of this ship), but I’ve written several articles about this sinking (including this one in French), which caused the death of 681 sailors and officers.

I had the honor to be invited this week-end for the commemoration of the loss of this ship in Apulia, and I held a conference about it. This post was prepared before my departure, I’ll show you pictures of the ceremony once I’ll be back home!

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The 3rd Australian Battalion in Gallipoli


This post is dedicated to the men of the Australian 3rd Battalion; this battalion took part in the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915 as part of the second and third waves and served there until the evacuation in December. According to the caption of this picture published in the Panorama de la Guerre, reserves which were carrying ammunitions for the first-line troops were caught under a heavy fire while they were in a ravine.

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