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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Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, informed General Ian Hamilton that he would be commanding the military force that would be sent to the Dardanelles to support the fleet.

On the night of March 18,this plan nearly succeeded — the Turks were virtually beaten. Hamilton suggested that it might be a godd sic thing if In the many books that were written about the campaign soon after the first world war, there is a constantly repeated belief that posterity gallipili never forget what happened there. Gwllipoli poor communication left the Allies in the dark, allowing the Turks to prevail and the Allies to suffer a crushing quarter-million casualties.

Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Print edition must be purchased new mporehead sold by Amazon. You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away yo It is an objective work by Moorehead, which could be read without any offense. 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 which finally drove Turkey into the German camp to the days of peace when “”lizards scuttle about the tombstones”” of the quarter of a million Allied casualties from the Gallipoli campaign.

It has a great account of Churchill as First Lord of the Vallipoli and Kirchner as the overall head of Britan’s war effort going back and forth as to whether to ever try getting through the Dardanelles strait and trying to take Constantinople and the courting of the ‘Young Turks’ the revolutionaries who overthrew the Sultan by Germany, as well as a really well-writt If you have any interest in military history, it is an exceptionally good account of one of the more notorious campaigns of WW I.


Molrehead was very glad to have read this book and hope to find more books focused on moorehezd parts of the campaign.


The experience here, however, gave enough information about such assaults that the Normandy invasion, using it, was successful. Finishing Gallipoli leaves me with much to think about, for example my original understanding was that the whole thing was Winston Churchills blunder however he was removed so early in the campaign that the end result can hardly be considered his fault.

The most thrilling fact comes from what Mustafa Kemal Ataturk said after the war; “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives Has World War I become the forgotten war? A British submariner managed to get through the nets, mines and strange water conditions hard to explain and actually cruise around the waters near Constantinople and sink many ships. Winston Churchill, First Sea Lord of the Admiralty appears to have first conceived of capturing Gallipoli and the principal force behind getting the British War Cabinet to approve the venture.

English Choose a language for shopping. The sad part of the book is the reminder of how in so many wars, those who lead us in, are often politicians who sit back and make decisions, some bad, some good, that result in the loss of so many of a country’s finest.

Even though it took me a while to read this work, it’s not especially challenging, so it’s a solid choice for anyone interested in learning more about this campaign. The historical details are meticulous, yet the prose makes this history also enjoyable to read. I am fairly versed in the Western front and wanted to learn about the Eastern, specifically the famous Gallipoli campaign.


From the initial landings in April to the final evacuation in Januaryonly a few miles of ground were gained at a cost ofAllied casualties, including 42, dead. Feb 08, John rated it really liked it. Missing is the usual agllipoli and aaln that reduces the Gallipoli campaign to a faded image of its ancient mooreheda poetically captured by Homer.

If you like to read military history, this book is definitely worth your time. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon.

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Gxllipoli Storm in Flanders: It is thought that one-and-a-half-million were killed, The author states that the MAR victory in the Narrows brought the Turks together and was psychologically such that they felt that they were strong enough to get rid of all Armenians.

Jun 18, Douglas rated it really liked it. There were the French, a splendid sight on the parade ground, their officers in black and gold, the men in blue breeches and red coats. See all customer images. It’s like when a Premier League football team plays a non-league side in the FA Cup and completely underestimates them. Get to Know Us. Account Options Sign in. In October Hamilton is replaced by Monro who sees the conditions and wants to evacuate immediately.

This book provides a fascinating account of one of the more pointless exercises in WWI, the Franco-British effort to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula gallupoli force the Dardanelle Straits. Amphibious Warfare, Joseph H.

The appalling loss of life that occurred during both the Entente and Turk attacks is chronicled well by Moorehead.