On This Day in 1913: The decisive Battle of Lemnos – Greek Herald

On January 5, 1913, the Combat of Lemnos happened between Greek and Turkish fleets within the North Aegean. It is regarded as a turning level for the result of the First Balkan Warfare as Surfing explains Greece’s victory ended in its dominance within the Aegean.

We have a look again on the historical past of the combat, together with its aftermath.

The Combat of Lemnos:

At the morning of January 5, the Turkish cruisers Mesudiye, Barbaros Hayreddin, Turgut Reis and 8 extra destroyers left the Dardanelles and headed for the Greek island of Lemnos.

The Greek destroyers Leon and Aspis reported the illusion of the enemy fleet to Admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis, who ordered the go out of the Greek fleet from the port of Moudros to stand the enemy.

The fleet consisted of the battleships Georgios Averof, SpetsaiHydra and Psara and 7 further destroyers.

Map for the Combat of Lemnos. Supply: San Simera.

In the meantime, the Turkish ships reached a distance of a couple of miles from the japanese finish of Lemnos and at 11.34 am started to assault the Greek ships from a distance of 8,400 metres. The Greeks replied in an instant with a counter-attack.

At 11.50 am, the 2 fleets had been at a distance of 6,700 metres. 

At 11.54 am, the Mesudiye had suffered critical injury. A barrage from the Georgios Averof additionally brought about vital injury and losses to the battleship Barbaros Hayreddin, which withdrew from the combat. This used to be adopted by way of the moderately intact Turgut Reis. Thus, after a twenty-minute naval combat, the Turkish fleet fled.

At 12.02 pm, the battleship Georgios Averof started to pursue the Turkish fleet and at 1.50pm its missile discovered the Turgut Reis, inflicting a crack from which water entered its boiler room. 

All 3 Turkish warships, which have been critically broken, ultimately escaped to the doorway of the Straits and didn’t strive every other go out all the way through the battle.

Throughout the naval combat, the Turkish fleet fired a complete of 800 pictures, about the similar because the Greek fleet. Then again, the Greek shooters had been extra correct and killed over 100 other people. From the Greek facet, just one damage used to be reported of the trumpeter of the Georgios Averof.

Aftermath of the Combat of Lemnos:

The results of the naval combat of Lemnos unquestionably contributed to the verdict of the Pasha executive to continue with the signing of peace. 

Turkish Military Commander Ramiz Bey used to be changed by way of Captain Tahir Bey and referred to an army tribunal, which acquitted him. 

Turkish warships, despatched to offshore operations, set about protective Istanbul from a imaginable Bulgarian assault.

Supply: San Simera.