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Gallipoli (Perennial Classics) Paperback – December 3, 2002
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Alan Morehead published this novel in 1956, over halfway between the event and this review. His view on this WWI battle had adequate distance to compare it to the European battles for the three decades after, but retains a trace of British late-imperial irony. All the rationales for the ambiphibious assualt in Turkey are explained, and even the chapters which describe the inconclusive fighting are not widely foreshadowed- I was particularly spellbound by the suspense of the final days as the British and ANZAC forces retreated by sea. I also caught a fascinating glimpse at WWI submarine warfare, the early demise of Winston Churchill, and an eerie warning of Mustafa Kemal's rise to power. Morehead makes the right connections to people/events beyond the Dardanelles without losing focus on the landings. He tends to weight the British side of things, but the reader's interest also lies with the offense. No doubt his access to Turkish military records was limited.
As for Istanbul, I met not a few Kiwis and Aussies there who were making a pilgrimage of sorts to the battleground, half a world away from home. While I was trapsing through the city, they took the excursion into the countryside to see... the location of one of the greatest battles their nation ever fought. I wanted to see what moved them to make the trek, and this book explains it. I wouldn't call it a poignant evocation of a tragic front, events can speak for themselves. Yet this book enhanced my appreciation of a battle that I didn't know much about. I recommend Gallipoli to those who are curious about this oddest of struggles, but I especially recommend it to you who haven't even heard of the place. It deserves our attention.
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Explicit historical review of the debacle at Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915Published 24 days ago by ROBERT OBRIEN
I recall reading this book years ago in my second year of college. Out of curiosity. And so it's been over 10 years since and I've decided to grab a copy for myself because of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ian Chase
Too many details makes you loose the general view of what happened in Gallipolli. Perhaps it is usefull for professional men studying the details of this part of WW1.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyable with a very clear and detailed account of a very chaotic and confusing battle.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Splendidly written , portrays in vivid detail what was perhaps one of the costliest strategic errors of WWI.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gallipoli will go down in history as one of the worst planned,led,and executed in history. The author does a masterful job at telling the story.Published 5 months ago by James C. Richards
Most informative...Moorehead brings the central characters to life on ALL sides. The telling was a tad bit dry though, and dated as well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. A. Veronie II