Order of Battle
Goeben's Raid on Troop Transports
Between Palestine and Salonica
(Battle of Imbros)
20 January 1918
Contributed by Richard Hawes

Turkish Forces

Yavuz Sultan Selim, ex SMS Goeben
Struck mines at 0610 and 0948, deliberately run aground at 1148 off Nagara in the Dardanelles, attacked but only lightly damaged by RFC and RNAS a/c from HMS Ark Royal and Empress, freed 26th January 1918, arrived Sevastapol on 26th May 1918 to dock for first time since 1913.  Damage was not fully repaired until after the war.

Medillii, ex SMS Breaslau*

Medillii was first mined at 0831 and then four more times between 0900 and 0905.  She lost about 330 crewmen with the survivors being captured by the British.

4 Turkish destoyers

British Forces

Aegean Squadron
    Rear Admiral Hayes-Sadler

HMS Lord Nelson,  HMS Agamemnon
    Both supposed to be on 1 hours notice at Mudros
4 to 6 destroyers on patrol at Imbros

On 16th January 1918, RADM Hayes-Sadler took HMS Nelson to Salonika, instead of using the yacht HMS Triad which was maintained at Salonika for that purpose.

HMS Agamemnon (unsupported)
3 light cruisers
1 sloop (under repair)
1 monitor (under repair)
4 destroyers (2 ready for sea)
HMS E-12 (under repair with a fractured shaft; her Captain, T. Williams-Freeman, wanted to attack Goeben using his remaining shaft as soon as it was known that Goeben was aground, but was over-ruled by RADM Hayes-Sadler)

On the 21st January, joined by
HMS E-2, Lt. P.H. Bonham-Carter (“Bonham the Good”, cousin to Stewart “Bonham the Bad” Bonham-Carter)
HMS E-14*, Lt. Commander G.S. White

E-14 was sunk by Turkish batteries off Kum Kale, 28th January 1918.

Kusu Bay, Imbros
HMS Raglan*
HMS M28*
HMS Tigress
HMS Lizard

HMS Raglan and HMS M28 were both sunk by gunfire from Yavuz Sultan Selim.  Raglan lost 128 crewmen while M28 lost 11.

* Sunk

Breyer, S., (1973), Battleships & Battle-cruisers 1905-1970
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