Author(s): Fred Brenchley
The untold story of Australia's AE2 submarine, its captain, and how they achieved a mission impossible.
On 25 April 1915, the day the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli, Lieutenant Commander Dacre Stoker set out as captain of the Australian submarine AE2 on a mission to navigate the Dardanelles Strait.
The Dardanelles is a treacherous 56-kilometre stretch of water running along and behind the Gallipoli Peninsula where the Allied landings took place. It leads into the sea of Marmara; and at the other end of that sea, Istanbul.
That Stoker managed to find a way through the narrow Dardanelles against unknown currents, mines and withering enemy fire has been described as ‘the finest feat in submarine history’. Stoker's achievement meant much in military terms, but even more emotionally in boosting the morale of the embattled Allied troops.
Stoker's Submarine tells the story of a remarkable naval hero, who until now has been little celebrated.