From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 20 March 1915:
From the Dardanelles there is not much news, due no doubt to the fact that the operations have now reached a critical stage, and that the publication of the progress made might be injurious. All we know is that we have cleared the Straits for about eleven miles, but that the problem of how to get through the Narrows without too great loss still confronts us. It is stated that the ‘Amethyst,’ in the course of certain operations, was hit many times by the enemy’s shells and that the casualties on board her were severe. We have no official knowledge of the nature of the work in which the ‘Amethyst’ was engaged.
We are glad to note that the Temps, while discussing the question of the Dardanelles, takes exactly the line which we took a fortnight ago as to the future of Constantinople and of the Bosphorus and Dardanelles. It is quite clear that France as well as Britain will now welcome Russia’s entry into the warm water, and that winter will no longer mean for Russia the sealing up of all her chief ports. Russia will unquestionably get a great accession of strength by the possession of Constantinople, but no reasonable section of public opinion either here or in France will envy her. She has made great sacrifices for the common cause and deserves great rewards.