Gallipoli

Hart, Peter

One of the most famous battles in history, Gallipoli forced Churchill from office, established Turkey’s iconic founder Mustafa Kemal (‘Ataturk’) and marked Australia’s emergence as a nation in its own right. It had begun as a bold move led by the British to ultimately capture Constantinople, but this definitive new history explains that from the initial landings – which ended up with so much blood in the sea it could be seen from aircraft overhead – to the desperate attacks of early summer and the battle of attrition that followed, it was a lunacy that was never going to succeed.Drawing on unpublished personal accounts by individuals at all levels and from all sides – not only from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, but unusually from Turkey and France too – Peter Hart combines his trademark eye for vivid personal stories with a strong narrative to bring a modern view of this military disaster to a popular audience.’The scene was tragically macabre: the image of desolation, the flames spared nothing. As for our young men, a few minutes ago, so alert, so self-confident, all now lying dead on the bare deck, blackened burned skeletons, twisted in all directions, no trace of any clothing, the fire having devoured all.’ – Vice Admiral P. E. Gueprette recalls the damage to the French ship Suffen during a naval battle in 1915.

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  • Allen & Unwin
  • 9781846681592
  • Mar 21 2011
  • Edition 1
  • 560 Pages

$59.99