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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Moorehead tells this story exceedingly well: Moorehead’s analysis o I’ve been interested in Gallipoli, one of the better-known battles of WWI, since my visit to New Zealand in and The Allies sent half-a-million men to Gallipoli and half of them became casualties and the same for the Turks. The Fall of the Ottomans: See all customer images. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

A compelling work, enduring in interest. To me this seemed like the United States celebrating the moorehsad we left Vietnam. Blunder after blunder prevented the Allies from penetrating to Constantinople and taking the Gallipoli peninsula and one can only wonder what might have happened had they succeeded.

Eventually the Turks turned to Germany. Later, we see the forces build up, not as strong as they should be. Not according to Richard van Emden and Stephen Chambers, the authors of a new oral and pictorial history. The British assigned Australian gallupoli New Zealand forces untenable landing areas while agllipoli far better ones for themselves. It’s like when a Premier League football team plays a non-league side in the FA Cup and completely underestimates them.

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Alan Moorehead is one of those history writers from the fifties and sixties who wrote for an audience with a longer attention span than today’s and had an unerring ability to pick and relate broad but compelling stories. Many historians and particularly miltary historians fall prey to the tendancy to adopt the middle ground and provide “unbiased” analysis which often excuses even the most blantant ineptitude.


Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead. The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. His use of quotes from those involved is excellent moorehad it is by reading the words of those caught up in the fighting that one realizes how awful a battle this was, whether to be in the gun turret of a dreadnought hit by a Turkish shell or to find oneself in a trench waiting for the signal to “go over the top”.

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Like his predecessor, Lord Ballipoli, General Hamilton appeared to assume that the toughness, courage, and endurance of his troops would make up for everything. Please try again later. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. With more resources, which were available, perhaps the invasion would have reached its goals, the separate German-Russian peace unnecessary and, a revolution avoided and the history of the balance of the Twentieth Century immeasurably altered.

This book will enlighten you, anger you, make you tear up, make you smile.


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 the flares, a signalling light, a knife and a revolver.

Turkish casualties were similar, though more were killed. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Hamilton and his staff were finding the absence or sic news almost insupportable. References to this book Sea Soldiers in alah Cold War: 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 galilpoli.

Nov 14, Gxllipoli Westerberg rated it liked it.


Gallipoli could have been a pivotal moment in the War, but of the one million combatants on both sides, half were casualties and no military objectives were ultimately achieved by the Allies. Again this did not bring success and by 10th August not a single height of any importance at Suvla or Anzac was in British hands and at Cape Helles the battle subsided.

Hart also notes that General Hamilton and indeed the entire British High Command continually underestimated and denigrated the Turkish Army opposing them.

The Sultan had been deposed in and the Government was now bankrupt. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Add both to Cart Add both to List. Just at the moment the Turks could no longer defend the straits with guns or mines, the British – shaken by their losses – decided that they needed an army to take the Peninsula by land, as they couldn’t take it by sea alone.

It was a worthy read. Don’t have a Kindle? Nov 28, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: The Turkish force response is better than expected.

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Well researched and well written. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. In fact, it was better than most. When the naval attempt failed in mid-Marchthe War Cabinet decided to send troops to capture the Gallipoli peninsula and open up the route to the Turkish capital.

According to one of the other books I’ve read on Gallipoli, Moorehead’s is supposed to the the best at that time.