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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A bit like the Christmas armistice in the West, the Aussies and the Turks frequently stopped fighting and during the quiet would throw food items or coffe or other “necessities” to each other since their trenches were just a few yards apart. It has a great account of Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty 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-written narrative of the long, totally futile for everyone, months in which tens of thousands of lives were totally wasted for absolutely nothing.
The initial phase of the offensive was an attempt by old ships of the Royal Navy to force the Dardanelles.
Don’t have a Kindle? A vivid chronicle of adventure, suspense, agony, and heroism, Gallipoli brings fully to life the tragic waste in human life, the physical horror, and the sheer heartbreaking folly of fighting for impossible objectives with inadequate means on unknown, unmapped terrain. Reading his account of this Campaign one is reminded of an earlier and equally pointless Franco-British effort, the Crimean War some sixty years before. A strange change had overtaken this transplanted British blood.
When the decision to evacuate was made it was done so with a heavy heart, and with the expectation that evacuating might cost anything up to forty thousand casualties. One hundred and two years ago, at dawn on 25 Aprilthe Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula as part of an Entente amphibious landing designed to take Turkey out of the War.
Third, no one could determine the true status of the Turkish army.
The Allied and the Turkish forces fought bravely, often in desperate battles for small gains in the historic gllipoli near where Xerxes crossed the Hellespont, Achilles and Hector fought on the Trojan Plain, where you Written almost 60 years ago, this 4 Star account of Gallipoli is still fresh and informative. The book contains some of the best maps I’ve seen in a text of this kind, including three-dimensional renderings of the hills that deliver the difficulty of fighting in this terrain much more than a simple topographical map could have.
Nov 14, Kendra Westerberg rated it liked it. 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.
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Summer had arrived and the flies were everywhere and the soldiers got dysentery infection of the intestines. And nothing happens in a vacuum. The commanding officer General Sir Ian Hamilton never seemed to develop a sense of either the terrain over which his troops were attempting to fight or of the logistical requirements an of an army on a hostile shore.
In some areas of the ANZAC front, the opposing trenches were scarcely ten yards apart from one another, or within a grenade’s — or a tin of jam’s – throw. Written in the ‘s, Moorehead does an admirable job of exploring fallipoli foray into what-might-have-been.
Get to Know Us. But it was a sideshow and the failure of the original landing, which was the largest amphibious assault up to that time, doomed the expedition to ultimate failure. Qlan am very glad that I read this book.
Account Options Sign in. Second, one assault team was made up entirely of volunteer Australians who had never fought galljpoli so were an unknown quantity. Despite the rushed planning and Hamilton’s quirks, strategic victory on the first day was a near-run thing. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.
They mooreheax going to need the army and an amphibious landing. It was a thing so wildly out of life, so dangerous, so high-spirited, such a grotesque and theatrical setting and yet reduced zlan such a calm and almost matter-of-fact routine. Inwith benefit of OCR, spellcheck, etc. Lists with This Book. Want to Read saving….
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.
The invasion would be so easy — use modern ships to blast a way through the narrow channel leading to Constantinople, using landings to help secure the forts if need be, and stand by and smile as the Turks fled before the might of modern military prowess.
Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available. A vivid chronicle of galilpoli, suspense, agony, and heroism, Gallipoli brings fully to life the tragic waste in human life, the physical horror, and the sheer heartbreaking folly of fighting for galipoli objectives with inadequate means on unknown, unmapped terrain.
I tallipoli in the pages of this book the ANZAC’s who are worth remembering but not idolizing; a campaign that richly construed was poorly completed; and a fresh appreciation for the horror of war and the humanity that periodically surfaces in the courage and wisdom of minor and great actors in this deadly drama.
Unfortunately, it leaves you very frustrated and depressed at the utter stupidity of the commanders and politicians involved in its planning and execution. Share your thoughts with other customers.
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Posted by Roger Clark at The author tells the story of the war by writing about the struggles and conflicts and heartbreaks of the people involved.
But a combination of poor generalship, bad luck and stout defence enabled the Turks to hold on.
On the night of March 18,this plan nearly succeeded — the Turks were virtually beaten.
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According to one of the other books I’ve read on Gallipoli, Moorehead’s is supposed to the the best at that time. While all this was going on there was a massacre of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. These last were an unknown quantity.