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Gallipoli 1915 (Battles & Campaigns) Paperback – April 1, 2004

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“The most balanced history of the campaign yet published” -- Military Illustrated

“The most important new history of Gallipoli for 40 years… groundbreaking.” -- Professor Hew Strachan

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Why was the Allied naval assault of February 1915 so unsuccessful? Did the Ottoman Turks have knowledge of the Allied landings of 25 April 1915? And did Sir Ian Hamilton, the overall commander of the Allied forces at Gallipoli, really make a mistake in his intervention at Suvla? These questions and the key issue of why the Ottoman Turks won the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, or why the Allies lost it, have never been satisfactorily answered. This new history of the Gallipoli campaign finally answers these questions, while also telling the story of what actually happened through the voices of British, Australian and Turkish soldiers.

Part of the Battles & Campaigns series, edited by Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford.

Tim Travers is Professor of History at the University of Calgary in Canada. His great uncle was killed in action at Gallipoli and the author has dedicated the last five years to finding out what really went wrong for the Allies in 1915. His other books include The Killing Ground and he has contributed to The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War and The Oxford History of the British Army.

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Product Details

  • Series: Battles & Campaigns
  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752429728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752429724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,277,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Argun on February 13, 2005
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This book provides a very thorough and technical analysis of the Gallipoli camapiagn or Canakkale as it is called in Turkey. The book has more information from the Turkish/Ottoman point of view compared to previous books I have read on this campaign, but nevertheless, I would have liked to have seen more. The book goes into extreme detail when examining the causes of the failure of the Allied forces to achieve their objectives, much more detail than I have seen in other books, and the section of photographs, particularly with reference to the Ottoman forces was quite good. The only downside of this book is that it is at times a little bit too techinical and detailed. For those who have never read about Gallipoli before, I would recommend that you read Alan Moorehead's "Gallipoli" first, as you will get a nice overview of the campaign from this book, and then you would be ready for Mr. Travers more detailed analysis.
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Contradicting to some of the better known thesis especially on the Suvla offensive. Involving the Turkish side of the history is an effort that deserves special recognition, however it is not surprising to see that the Turkish side is not covered in depth due to limited resources
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I read this book as part of my reading program on th 100th anniversary of WWI and also because I had once been stationed in Australia. Australians look upon Gallipoli as the real birth of their national identity in a crucible of fire. ANZAC Day, observed on 25 April each year, is the major national occasion and is marked by parades and wreath-laying ceremonies across the country and abroad.
Tim has done yeoman's work in providing an extremely detailed account of the Battle of Gallipoli. I was impressed by his efforts to present information from the Turkish side.
My only criticisms are that I wish he had included a few anecdotes of life at the soldier level. Most of this writing dealt with senior officers. I was dismayed that the Kindle version did not include maps or photographs. This omission greatly detracted from an otherwise fine book. Based on reading other reviews, it appears that the print version includes photos and perhaps maps.
I recommend "Gallipoli 1915" to the serious student of WWI or to the reader who wants a detailed account of the baptism by fire of the Australians.
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Exceptionally well researched and written, Gallipoli - 1915 sheds new light on what is arguably one of the most fascinating campaign of World War One. Drawing on multiple sources, many heretofore unavailable, unknown or simply ignored, Tim Travers demonstrates a remarkable understanding of the inner workings of History and offers the reader a monumental picture of a 20th Century equivalent of the Siege of Troy. Only in this case, the Trojans win the day.
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I'm interested in the event, so I read the book. As history, it's easy to sum up: British blunder after British blunder. Political involvement, military leaders still training for the Crimean war already long past. For that matter, that descriptive applies to virtually all the senior officers involved in the First World War.
While it's not Tuchman's The Guns of August, it's worth reading.
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There has been little information on this conflict and this book is an honest attempt to answer many of the questions. A lot of research has obviously been done. Some of it I've never seen in any other books on the subject. Being a dense read it can be a bit difficult to get into at times. All in all it's a good effort.
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