Gazi Alemdar Museum

Gazi Alemdar Museum


Gazi Alemdar Museum

In 1914, the operating right of coal mines was given to the Germans with the start of the World War 1. Furious at this decision, the Russians bombarded the coast of Karadeniz Ereğli at frequent intervals for two years. After the World War, the French arrived at Karadeniz Ereğli upon the occupation and division of Anatolia by European countries but they failed to invade Karadeniz Ereğli. A small battleship named Alemdar which was smuggled by patriots out of occupied Istanbul during the War of Independence faced a capture attempt by the French who dominated over Zonguldak and the Black Sea.

On 9 February 1920, the patriots who brought Alemdar to Karadeniz Ereğli port ran the ship aground and refused to turn it in to the French forces. Angry at the patriots taking shelter in Karadeniz Ereğli, the French wanted to occupy the city but failed to do so as a result of the fight put up by people of Karadeniz Ereğli. The French bombed the city’s coastal areas including its hospital and then were exposed to a counterattack after the Alemdar Battleship was secretly floated.

On 18 June 1921, some French commanders and soldiers captured by the people of Karadeniz Ereğli were compelled to sign a treaty with the Republic of Turkey which was not yet founded at the time. This treaty was the first international agreement of Turkey in the War of Independence and an indication to the recognition of the Government of National Independence. Achieved with the fight of Karadeniz Ereğli residents during the War of Independence, this success formed the basis of victories won by the Republic of Turkey. And thus the first and only naval battle of the War of Independence took place at Karadeniz Ereğli.

The Alemdar battleship was rebuilt according to the original and still serves as a museum.

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ship museuma war ship museum from Turkish War of Indepence. you can see all equipment and crew in the ship. i want to see again..


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