Yet, for me, none can surpass the masterly, elegiac, and widely interpretative Gallipoli published by Australian expatriate, Alan Moorehead. When Turkey unexpectedly sided with Germany in World War I, Winston Churchill , as Sea Lord for the British, conceived a plan: smash through the Dardanelles. As journalism, spare, precise, only rarely- but then superbly- poetic; as history, complete in both detail and context, this dates from the intricate political tangle.

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I’ve heard since that he missed some things, got a few just a little off but that this is still the “go to” book for an gallipol of the battle s. Jan 09, Steve Parcell rated it it was ok. Sunday APR was the target day.


The British assigned Australian and New Zealand forces untenable landing areas while reserving far better ones for themselves. In the truce that follows, you can see flashes of the famous Christmas truce in Europe. Gallipoli was the birth of Australia and New Zealand as countries, marked by the tremendous courage of their soldiers, fighting half a world from home.

To achieve this outcome the ships needed to get through the Bosphorus. Even as names they have almost vanished out of memory, and whether this hill was taken or that trench was lost seems hardly to matter any more.

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As in the Crimea the Gallipoli Campaign was hampered from the first by poor planning and intelligence. Therefore rest in peace. I am fairly versed in the Western front and wanted to learn about the Eastern, specifically the famous Gallipoli campaign.


Yet once ashore a curious sense of heightened living supervened. A compelling work, enduring in interest.

Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead

Such military forms mooreheadd the salute did not come very easily to these men, especially in the presence of British officers, whom they regarded as effete, and their own officers at times appeared to have very little control over them.

Addressing both the naval campaign and the months of trench warfare, and considering both the Turkish and Allied sizes, Gallipoli impresses with its thoroughness and easy reading despite the grim nature of the work.

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All in all, it is a good introduction, and a great reference, for anyone interested in the battle. Announcing that one swimmer could do with less risk what he had been given a platoon and a small boat to accomplish, Freyberg “had himself taken towards the land in a naval cutter, and when the boat was still two miles from the coast he slipped naked into the icy midnight sea” trailing a waterproof bag that contained gllipoli flares, a signalling light, a knife and a revolver.

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It may have been gallpoli in but it still went a long way in helping me picture and understand the situation in Gallipoli. Posted by Roger Clark at As the Great War ensnared powers beyond Middle Europe, it became in truth a world war, providing the spark to reignite old noorehead in places like the middle east.

Monday 31 December He is also the author of many other notable books, including Gallipoli and Darwin and the Beagle. Write a customer review. Hamilton suggested that it might be a godd sic thing if Return to Book Page.

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Jun 18, Douglas rated it really liked it. His choice of primary material is always apt and to the point, and while reading this book it occurred to me that Antony Beevor owes much to Moorehead. After months of bloody stagnation in Europe, certain persons in Britain had an idea for altering the dynamics of the war; invade Turkey, the sick man of Europe, and encourage the Balkan Powers to As the Great War ensnared moroehead beyond Middle Europe, it became in truth a world war, providing the spark to reignite old tensions in places like the middle east.


This passage was very sad: And lastly, most of the commanders were dunces – some were pulled out of retirement and never visited their troops to see the conditions they were fighting under. As I progressed and the campaign took shape I developed an appreciation for the battle not dependent on identities of individual actors. His ability to sum up a person or a stiuation in a few well-chosen phrases is remarkable and goes a long way to making his books compulsive reading.

This book provides a fascinating account of one of the more pointless exercises in WWI, the Franco-British effort to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula and force the Dardanelle Straits. Now I am sure the many other books written on the subject are great as well however this was surely an eye opener and satisfied my curiosity of the famed disastrous campaign.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. As a result the British and French forces suffered appalling losses and unnecessary privations, yet still managed to successfully disengage in the end and escape the horrors of Gallipoli.

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