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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The fact that the entire Peninsula was evacuated with only a couple of dozen deaths was a triumph of careful planning: Moorehead includes maps to help the reader locate the pennisula and the landing sites and battles.

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Read this book and commemorate the action. Gallipoli was the birth of Australia and New Zealand as countries, marked by the tremendous courage of their soldiers, fighting moorehfad a world from home. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

While this book is written in a clinical, “historical record” type of style, it doesn’t lose its humanity. Jan 13, Bruce rated it did not like it.


The battle of Gallipoli was the Allied attack on the Dardanelles and Gallipoli peninsula of Turkey intended to seize Constantinople and force the Ottoman Empire from the war. Most interesting episode of World War I.

All in all, it is a good introduction, and a great reference, for anyone interested in the battle. Read reviews that mention world war peter hart new zealand great war western front gallipoli campaign winston churchill point of view ian hamilton peter fitzsimons years ago lord of the admiralty alan moorehead ottoman empire australian and new military history mustafa kemal australia and new machine guns turkish sources. Moorehead clearly explains the origins of the plan, Churchill is key but not the only one responsible.


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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The Turks turned out to have a lot more fight than the British ever expected. Much of his work had to do with radio navigation, as in the Battle of the Beams, with radar, as in the Allied Bomber Offensive and in the preparations for D-Day and in the war at sea. Monday 31 December While it is easy to armchair something so thoroughly picked apart by critics, one still comes away utterly incredulous at the stupidity of the British High Command during WWI.

This book gave me that but it was just too mundane.

Of ocurse, WWI was millions of lives wasted for absolutely nothing. Written almost 60 years ago, this 4 Star account of Gallipoli is still fresh and informative. What I found most refreshing about this book was his willingness to express opinions clearly based on his interpretations of the facts and the actions of those involved.

Australia had just unified as a commonwealth of Great Britain, and World War I became the unifying factor, especially the aln fought on a small beachfront in Turkey. He is also the author of many other notable books, including Gallipoli and Darwin and the Beagle.

The soldiers are remembered to this day in Australia as the country gathers on ANZAC day to gallipoki mourn the losses and celebrate the bravery of those who fought. All in All this book serves as a reminder of what happen on that famed penisula already over a hundred years ago and how it should not be forgotten.


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

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So much sacrifice in between. The style and format of this work are gallipo,i it was first published 62 years ago, after all. It was the “war to end all wars,” but then it became overshadowed by the next world war.

gallipolii Duff Cooper Prize May 26, Linda rated it really liked it. The fact that the British did this planning in three weeks explains in part its eventual failure, although to get so many men ashore at all – it was until that time the largest amphibious operation ever – was a kind of success. Although they lost several ships and discovered mines that made them turn back, the Government, especially Winston Churchill, thoug According to one of the other books I’ve read on Gallipoli, Moorehead’s is supposed to the the best at that time.

Moorehead was not as harsh as he needed to be on the generalship in this battle. While all this was going on there was a massacre of Armenians living mooreuead the Ottoman Empire. I have always wanted to know the nuts and bolts of the military disaster that was Gallipoli.