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Just along the coast after the
is a Turkish position known as the Namazgah ( Prayer Site)
which remains in a good condition.
The battery, located in the most heavily fortified zone of the Dardanelles, was the headquarters of the Turkish 2nd Heavy Artillery Battalion, in the area controlled by the 4th, 7th, ,10th and 11th Batteries of the straits defence were sited at the Namazgah position. The battery was equipped with a total of 16 artillery pieces, two of which were long range guns and the rest short range. In addition,there were two anti aircraft guns positioned at the battery. The Namazgah Battery first came into action on March 5 during preliminary bombardments ahead of the March 18 naval assault. Modernised in 1892, the Namazgah Battery was one of the largest fixed fortifications in the Dardanelles defences.
Though struck by shellfire during the battle of March 18 and temporarily silenced. Namazgah Battery remained in action throughout the day.
Gallipoli Battlefield Guide, (Istanbul 2006), Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p. 151
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"The namazgah battery in Kilitbahir", period pictures reproduction provided by Başar Enyöner - private collection.
last updated : 20/02/07