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Gallipoli Paperback – October 1, 2003
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"'Superb...Carlyon's writing is so vivid that you almost imagine yourself present. A stunning achievement'" -- Saul David Daily Telegraph "'Incisive, emotionally-charged and visceral...blends a real feel for the fighting soldier with a firm grasp of the strangely beautiful countryside which saw such a bewildering mix of tragedy, missed opportunity and wasted heroism. A hard-hitting and heart-breaking book'" -- Richard Holmes "'Carlyon is a gifted writer...his book deserves to take its place alongside other classic accounts of Gallipoli. He conveys the beauty of the place and its ugliness 90 years ago'" -- John Keegan Daily Telegraph "'The book of the year...the most stunning account of the Anzac boneyard'" -- Alan Ramsey Sydney Morning Herald "'A brilliantly managed narrative and remarkably even-handed...a superb account'" -- Trevor Royle Glasgow Herald
About the Author
L.A. Carlyon was born in northern Victoria, Australia, in 1942. He has been editor of the Melbourne Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group and a visiting lecturer in journalism in a career that has established him as one of his country's most respected journalists, receiving the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award in 1993. Gallipoli was researched in Australia, Britain, New Zealand and, most importantly, on the Gallipoli Peninsula itself.
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The original plan, to aid Russia by attacking the Turks, while seemingly having some merit, is shown by Carlyon to have been deeply flawed. The main trouble was that there was no clear consensus on exactly how to achieve the objective. This resulted in innumerable blunders that cost thousands of lives. The initial naval attack gave the Turks ample warning to prepare for the land invasion. Successes on that day were allowed to slip away, failure was reinforced. Throughout there was poor organisation, poor logistics and poor central command. Hamilton's job was compounded by poor directions from London and a lack of proper staff support. He then failed to control the battle, allowing some appalling commanders to fritter away the lives of thousands - all for no gain. It seems that regardless of the action, the absolute wrong man was put in charge of it. The mistakes were by no means confined to the British either, with several Australian commanders failing their responsibilities to their men. Hamilton then compounded everything by failing to deal honestly with his superiors. Rarely have ordinary soldiers been so poorly served.
Carlyon has a very cynical and sarcastic tone. He writes very pithily of the failed commanders, their agendas, petulance's and fantasies. Sure, they were fighting a world war for the first time but the continuance of failed tactics, attack after attack was absolutely inexcusable. The Turks did not help matters by being heroic and competently lead. They made mistakes too but they had some margin for error. The make-it-up as you go along British approach needed everything to go right and they didn't have the people or the luck. They certainly had brave soldiers and there were some remarkable achievements, like Lone Pine. But the disasters of The Nek, Suvla Bay and Krithia were more typical. They were the awful consequences of the prevailing incompetence and arrogance. Sadly for many of the survivors, there was even worse to come in the trenches of the Western Front.
Carlyon has done an excellent job in revealing the key personalities and their often dysfunctional relationships with each other. Accordingly, he draws heavily on the writings by and about the commanders. There is certainly a good selection of recollections by ordinary soldiers and it is especially good to read some by British troops. For all Gallipoli's ongoing resonance in Australia, it is often forgotten that France and Britain suffered even worse losses. Carlyon gives due weight to these other participants but there certainly is a focus on how the events impacted the Australians. Though quite familiar with the campaign, I found that there was much to learn, particularly concerning Chunuk Bair. Carlyon's critical tone is quite warranted and indeed refreshing, considering the usual approach of historians to veil personal opinions. He also has a great ability to say a thing with clarity.
This is an important update on this seminal battle. It is extensive, insightful and very readable. It makes you want to shout at the blunderers but also grieve for the many young men whose lives were so tragically wasted. An excellent choice if you are looking to learn more for the Anzac centenary.