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AE2 Submarine : 24-October-2011
AE2 Submarine : 24-October-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A Gallipoli Holly Oak tree commemorates those who served with the Australian submarine AE2 which penetrated the Turkish defences by sailing through the Dardenelles on 25 April 1915. 

After the start of World War One, AE2 was sent to German New Guinea with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, then spent time patrolling around Fiji. With no need for submarines in the Pacific or Indian theatres, AE2 was towed to the Mediterranean, and arrived off Egypt in early 1915. The boat was assigned to the Dardanelles Campaign  and was the first submarine to successfully penetrate the waterway and enter the Sea of Marmara. With orders to "run amok" inside Turkish territory, AE2 operated for five days before mechanical faults forced her to the surface, where she was damaged by the torpedo boat Sultanhiser. The submarine was scuttledby her crew, all of whom were captured.

Location

Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:25-April-1915
Actual Event End Date:30-April-1915

Dedication

Front Inscription

THIS GALLIPOLI HOLLY OAK
(QUERCUS CALLIPRINOS)
COMMEMORATES THE AUSTRALIAN
SUBMARINE AE2 WHICH FORCED THE
DARDANELLES AT GALLIPOLI ON
ANZAC DAY, 25 APRIL, 1915,
AND WAS SUNK IN THE SEA OF MARMORA
ON 30 APRIL 1915

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