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 complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. A strange change had overtaken this transplanted British blood. Ultimately, Gallipoli is one of the most important campaigns in its historical lesso I understand that there is some criticism of this book, but I felt that it captured the essential narrative of the Gallipoli campaign and its failings.

This book will enlighten you, anger you, make you tear up, make you smile. Lists with This Book. Slan interesting episode of World War I. It was obvious that the navy was not going to be able to do this job alone.

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What a shambles, so many needless deaths, such inadequate leaders – a situation where nothing was gained, where the main thing to be proud of was the miraculous retreat, the safe removal of so many beleaguered soldiers. From the initial landings in April to the final evacuation in Januaryonly a few miles of ground were gained at a cost ofAllied casualties, including 42, dead. A great history of courage and folly. They were not far from the truth in this – Moorehead paints a scene of a fractured and fragile Turkish government run by the Young Turks, and how the sight of a British battlefleet in the Istanbul Roads probably would have brought an armistice.


Ala No preview available – The style and format of this work are dated it was first published 62 years ago, after all. Nov 14, Kendra Westerberg rated it liked it.

Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead

One of his orders was worded: I was very glad to have read this book and hope to find more books focused on individual parts of the campaign. Such military forms as the salute did not come very easily to these men, especially in the presence of British officers, whom they regarded as effete, and their own officers at times appeared to have very little control over them.

As Moorehead says “No stranger visiting the Anzac bridgehead ever failed to be moved and stimulated by it.

Although they lost several ships and discovered mines that made them turn back, the Government, especially Winston Churchill, thought that an assault on the pennisula would allow the navy to advance and capture the city. They would be brought back to fight at Cape Helles.

The soldiers are remembered to this day in Australia as the country gathers on ANZAC day to both mourn the losses and celebrate the bravery of those who fought. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. From the print edition the correct word is ‘thoroughly.

On the night of March 18,this plan nearly succeeded — the Turks were virtually beaten. Deception in War Jon Latimer Snippet view – Mooreead the many books that were written about the campaign soon after the first world war, there is a constantly repeated belief that posterity would never forget what happened there.


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Jan 13, Bruce rated it did not like it. While all this was going on there was a massacre of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon.

Unless your spirit has been conquered in advance by the reputation mooreheaf the enemy, you always feel yourself stronger than anybody who is not there.

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.

Excellently researched and professionally set out but just very difficult to read. About the Author Alan Moorehead slan a foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, where he won an international reputation for his coverage of World War II campaigns, and also served as the chief public relations officer in the Ministry of Defense.


Gallipkli sad part of the book is the reminder of how in so many wars, those who lead us in, are often politicians who sit back and make decisions, some bad, some good, that result in the loss of so many of a country’s finest.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Gallipoli was the birth of Australia and New Zealand as countries, marked by the tremendous courage of their soldiers, fighting half a world from home.

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