The Battle Of Churchill As A Scapegoat For The Failure

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As history unfolded, the Dardanelles offensive failed, but the ground invasion plans for Gallipoli went ahead as planned. By the end of the campaign, massive amounts of lives had been lost on the British side, and it was a decisive failure. Dardanelles and Gallipoli were very much a prime example of something Churchill would do over and over again: see positives, but not negatives or consequences, only possibilities. These campaigns were the end of Churchill politically for a time, along with the Asquith government. Asquith was forced to form a wartime coalition government with the Conservatives, who demanded the resignation of Churchill. While Churchill became a scapegoat for the failure, while he did play some part in it, everyone had seem to forgotten the roles of Asquith, Kitchener, and everyone else involved in the planning of this military disaster. While he heavily mourned the loss of his position, Churchill moved on. He journeyed to France, intent on returning to his soldier days. Sir John French offered him the comfort post of an aid or a commander of a brigade at the front. Churchill chose the second option, but only after he gained experience beforehand. He then chose to be assigned to the Grenadier Guards, Second Battalion. This was his first true experience with the horrors of trench warfare. The unit was eventually withdrawn and Churchill expected to get command of a brigade. Asquith later crushes this, afraid of the consequences of giving the still-despised

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