Producer of the documentary Savas Karakas has a number of major credits to his name, including last year’s two part program on the loss of the Turkish submarine the Dumlapinar, which sank in the Dardanelles in 1953 after a collision with a Norwegian freighter.
Only a handful of the submarine’s crew survived the disaster, one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the modern Turkish navy.
Karakas also produced History in the Depths, a documentary showing the wrecks from the Gallipoli Campaign and which told the story of the naval contribution to the battle.
The Allied subs had to brave a series of natural and man made obstacles in their fight to enter the Sea of Marmara, swift and swirling currents, mines and heavy nets strung across the strait to ensnare them.
During the campaign more than half those that attempted the passage were lost.
Turkey’s ally Germany also had submarines active in the campaign, with one boat, the U21, accounting for two British battleships in a space of three days.
It is the story of these subs, their crews and their victims that Karakas, Kolay and Sellars seek to tell.Two weeks of intensive work in the waters of the Dardanelles Strait have resulted in the pin pointing of the sites of two British, the E7 and the E15, and three French submarines, the Saphir, Joule and Mariotte, sunk while trying to pass through the heavily defended waterway during the campaign.