One of the best examples of why politicians shouldn't try to be military commanders is the attempt to take control of the Dardanelles in World War I. While it doesn't make it to the level of total military insanity and incompetence of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, it should have provided a warning.
Winston Churchill set this one in motion. Fans of Lawrence of Arabia are aware that Turkey was allied with Germany and Austria in World War I and the concept was to gain access to the Black Sea to assist the Russian armies and open a southeastern front.
The Turks were dug in on the high ground and had mined the strait, which reduced the ability of the naval guns to be brought to bear. When the Navy could not force its way through, the decision was made to land on the Gallipoli Peninsula and clear the Turkish fortifications with troops.
In Australia and New Zealand today is ANZAC Day
as the bulk of the fighting and dying was left to troops of those nations who had been training in Egypt. This year marks the 90th anniversary
of the start of the battle that killed 100,000 men for nothing.