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A century has now gone by, yet the Gallipoli campaign of 1915-16 is still infamous as arguably the most ill conceived, badly led and pointless campaign of the entire First World War. The brainchild of Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, following Turkey's entry into the war on the German side, its ultimate objective was to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in western Turkey, thus allowing the Allies to take control of the eastern Mediterranean and increase pressure onÿthe Central Powers to drain manpower from the vital Western Front.ÿ
From the very beginning of the first landings,ÿhowever, the campaign went awry, and countless casualties. The Allied commanders were ignorant of the terrain, and seriously underestimated the Turkish army which had been bolstered by their German allies. Thus the Allies found their campaign staled from the off and their troops hopelessly entrenched on the hillsides for long agonising months, through the burning summer and bitter winter, in appalling, dysentery-ridden conditions. By January 1916, the death toll stood at 21,000 British troops, 11,000 Australian and New Zealand, and 87,000 Turkish and the decision was made to withdraw, which in itself, ironically, was deemed to be a success.ÿ
First published in 1956, when it won the inaugural Duff Cooper Prize, Alan Moorehead's book is still regarded as the definitive work on this tragic episode of the Great War. One could argue he was the first writer to capture the true turmoil thatÿoccurred in this campaign with his colourful, analytical and compelling style of prose. Sir Max Hastings himself says in this new introduction that he wasÿinspired as a young man by Moorehead's books to become a reporter himself. Withÿin-depth analysis of the campaign, the objectives both sides set themselves,ÿand with character sketches of the main players, it brings the complex operation to life, showing how and why it went so terribly wrong and a century on, remains a by word for the loss of human life.
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The Allied campaign against Gallipoli began in 1915 when the Turks went into World War I on Germany's side. Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty in the British War Cabinet, conceived the plan of smashing through the Dardanelles with a fleet of old battleships and reopening the straits to Russian shipping.
For years the Turks had been beaten in every battle they fought, and the project stood a reasonable chance of success.
But what happened in the next nine months was a nightmare of lost opportunities, confused planning, and military incompetence.
Here is an epic of gallantry and folly -- the whole story of the most controversial campaign of modern times.
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Book Description Aurum Press Ltd, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Seller Inventory # mon0000126811
Book Description Aurum, 2015. 1-82. Condition: New. The brainchild of Winston Churchill, the 1915 Gallipoli campaign was designed to break the deadlock in the muddy trenches of the Western Front by knocking Turkey out of the war and opening a supply route to Britain¿s ally, Russia. This classic account recreates the drama of Gallipoli with its tragic hesitations and missed opportunities. Written by an outstanding Australian war correspondent, Gallipoli won the inaugural Duff Cooper Prize in 1956. This edition has a new introduction by Sir Max Hastings. Seller Inventory # 224016
Book Description Aurum Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1781314063
Book Description Aurum Press Ltd, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111781314063