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Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead
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Gallipoli

by Alan Moorehead

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Probably the most readable book I've ever found on World War I. Explains the Gallipoli campaign in detail, including all of the buildup and the surrounding stupidity. Fascinating and easy to read! ( )
  tloeffler | Sep 13, 2016 |
Wonderfully well written and pretty fair in its judgments. ( )
  JohnPhelan | Jun 17, 2015 |
513. Gallipoli, by Alan Moorehead (read 2 June 1957) (Duff Cooper prize for 1956) This tell of such a doleful event that the book cannot be enjoyed, even though the author does a good job telling of the fiasco. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060937084, Paperback)

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, reopen the Straits to Russia, and immobilize the Turks.

On the night of March 18, 1915, this plan nearly succeeded -- the Turks were virtually beaten. But poor communication left the Allies in the dark, allowing the Turks to prevail and the Allies to suffer a crushing quarter-million casualties.

A vivid chronicle of adventure, suspense, agony, and heroism, Gallipoli brings fully to life the tragic waste in human life, the physical horror, and the sheer heartbreaking folly of fighting for impossible objectives with inadequate means on unknown, unmapped terrain.

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A century has now gone by, yet the Gallipoli campaign of 1915-16 is still infamous as arguably the most ill conceived, badly led and pointless campaign of the entire First World War. The brainchild of Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, following Turkey's entry into the war on the German side, its ultimate objective was to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in western Turkey, thus allowing the Allies to take control of the eastern Mediterranean and increase pressure on the Central Powers to drain manpower from the vital Western Front. From the very beginning of the first landings, however, the campaign went awry, and countless casualties. The Allied commanders were ignorant of the terrain, and seriously underestimated the Turkish army which had been bolstered by their German allies. Thus the Allies found their campaign staled from the off and their troops hopelessly entrenched on the hillsides for long agonising months, through the burning summer and bitter winter, in appalling, dysentery-ridden conditions. By January 1916, the death toll stood at 21,000 British troops, 11,000 Australian and New Zealand, and 87,000 Turkish and the decision was made to withdraw, which in itself, ironically, was deemed to be a success.… (more)

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