Today in World War I history: the Gallipoli campaign ends (1916), and the Battle of Rafa (1917)

There are two World War I battles that have anniversaries today. Of them, Gallipoli is far and away the larger and more famous. But while we’re here I figured we could at least mention the other one. Technically this is anniversary of the end of the Gallipoli campaign, which lasted eight and a half months starting from late April 1915. The date is also a bit misleading–while “January 9” is the date upon which the last British (Canadian, if you want to be particular about it) unit retreated, it was so early in the morning as to really be the night of January 8. The retreat took the entire day of January 8, starting at about 4 AM.

Source: Today in World War I history: the Gallipoli campaign ends (1916), and the Battle of Rafa (1917)

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