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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Moorehead does more than just gloss over the events that moorehhead. The 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.
The commanding officer General Sir Ian Hamilton never seemed to develop a sense of either the terrain over which his troops were attempting to fight or of the logistical requirements an of an army on a hostile shore. The British landing at Sulva Bay is just heartbreaking to read. The Ottoman Empire had largely disintegrated.
Three battleships were sunk by mines. 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. The campaign lasted for days from the first landing in April mooreheaf the eventual evacuation in January It was a worthy read. Reinforcements arrived on MAY and the fighting carried on through 6th, 7th and 8th of May.
Each side gains the respect of the other. Moorehead also focused on the more political aspects of the campaign and was able to show expertly why galliloli campaign failed without having to outwardly state “this is why it failed”. A solid read on the history of this tragic battle. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Much of his work had to do with radio navigation, as in the Battle of the Beams, with radar, as in the Allied Bomber Offensive and in the preparations for D-Day and in the war at sea.
Some of the most savage fighting was during the diversionary attack by the Australians at Lone Pine on August 6. These last were an unknown quantity. At the height of his success, his writing suddenly stopped and when, 17 years later, his death was announced, he seemed a heroic figure from the past.
Detailing from both sides of this battle, he gives a very accurate picture of not only what happened here. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. In the end, the battle at Gallipoli proved even more of a stalemate than the fronts in Western Europe.
Lo que nos cuenta. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. In 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. I was very glad to have read this book and hope to find more books focused on gllipoli parts of the campaign. They are going to need the army and an amphibious landing.
Outstanding, balanced account of the Gallipoli campaign.
Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead
Oct 23, Buck Edwards rated it it was amazing. Addressing both the naval campaign and the months of trench warfare, and considering both the Turkish and Allied sizes, Gallipoli impresses with its thoroughness and easy reading despite the grim nature of the work. No matter how hideous the noise, the men moved about apparently oblivious of it all, and with a trained and steady air as though they had lived there all their lives Moorehead’s Gallipoli is what Churchill’s campaign was not: Ultimately, Gallipoli is one of the most important campaigns in its historical lessons to future amphibious assaults.
Well researched and well written. Could the plan ever have worked? Coupled with his own excellent writing style and the use of Turkish sources that have been lacking from earlier works on this battle this provides the reader with a fast moving, almost novel-like view of the campaign. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Most interesting episode of World War I.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. See all reviews. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Peter Fitzsimons has compiled an incredible amount of research, combined with a writing style that makes this a page turner, in a book of over pages.
Moorehead clearly explains the origins of the plan, Churchill is moofehead but not the only one responsible. The plan of attack on the Dardanelles was not the worst plan of World War I.
AlexanderMerrill L. But their effort was in vain because the main attacks farther north were repulsed. While this book is written in a clinical, “historical record” type of style, it doesn’t lose its humanity.
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Would you like to tell ,oorehead about a lower price? On the night of March 18,this plan nearly succeeded — the Turks were virtually To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The landing forces got trapped on beaches. My understanding is that this is considered the primary mid-century secondary source for information and analysis about the Gallipoli campaign, so despite its shortcomings, this is a solid overview of an important moment in world history.
A great history of courage and folly.