On This Day In 1913, The Georgios Averof Devastates Ottoman Navy In The Battle For Lemnos – Greek City Times

The Hellenic Army, led by way of the Georgios Averof battleship, defeated the second one and final try by way of the Ottoman Empire to damage the Greek naval blockade in opposition to the Dardanelles to reclaim supremacy over the Aegean Sea.

The Greek fleet, led by way of Rear Admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis, used to be made out of the 9,960-ton armoured cruiser flagship Georgios Averof, the 3 previous coastal defence battleships Spetsai, Ydra and Psara, and 8 destroyers

 cruiser flagship Averof
Georgios Averof battleship.

The Ottoman flotilla incorporated the pre-dreadnought battleships Hayreddin Barbarossa, Turgut Reis and Mesudiye and the cruiser Medjidiye, 13 destroyers and torpedo ships.

On this day in 1913, the Georgios Averof devastates Ottoman Navy in the Battle for Lemnos 1
On these days in 1913, the Georgios Averof devastates Ottoman Army within the Combat for Lemnos 7

At 08:20 on January 5, 1913 Greek patrols noticed the Ottoman fleet and the sign used to be won by way of the Greek Fleet of Moudros.

The already ready Kountouriotis sailed at 09:45 from Moudros Bay and the 2 fleets met off Moudros about 12 miles southeast of Lemnos island.

The Turks had the merit in firepower and coverage.


Gunnery trade began at 11:34 and the Greek column became left and additional closed the space to permit its older ironclads to open a broadside hearth.

The Mecidiye and Turkish destroyers became northeast, heading again in opposition to the Dardanelles

They had been adopted by way of the Mesûdiye which additionally became at 11:50, having been badly hit by way of each by way of the Hydra and Psara.


5 mins later, the Georgios Averof struck the lead send Barbaros Hayreddin.

The central axial turret used to be blown off.

Georgios Averof broke off the formation and signalled “impartial motion”.

It accelerated whilst maneuvering to have interaction the Turks with artillery on each side.

Later, the Greek send chased the taking flight Ottoman ships, adopted by way of the remainder of the fleet in opposition to the Dardanelles.

The Ottoman Army retreated past the Dardanelles for just right, They by no means tried every other assault, leaving the Greek Army the dominant energy within the Aegean Sea.

Casualties and losses :

Hellenic Army: 1 wounded

Ottoman Army: 41 killed, 104 wounded 2 battleships broken and 1 ironclad broken.

Due to this victory, the Turks may no longer transfer extra troops from Asia Minor to help its military within the Balkans, permitting the allies to disencumber the Balkans.

See Video in Greek.

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