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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Moorehsad with This Book. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is certainly true that to understand Australia and Australians, it is necessary to understand this battle.
While the writing could have been a bit better, I do feel informed. They so nearly succeeded. By awful luck, problems in command, and the feistiness of the Turks, however, Gallipoli became a year-long tragedy, a distraction from the west that never realized its promise.
They were going to go through the Dardanelles to get to Constantinople and demand Turkey’s government to surrender. As I write this on the th anniversary of the Second Battle of Krithia and coincidentally the 70th anniversary of VE Daylet us not forget gaplipoli brave gallippli.
He then further examines the actions of the senior and mid-level officers who led the assault and these are in the main found wanting. Bartlett No preview available – Volunteers who had never seen the violence of war turned out to be the best soldiers.
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In some areas of the ANZAC front, the opposing trenches were scarcely ten yards apart from one another, or within a grenade’s — or a tin of jam’s – throw. The writing style in this book is fine but not exceptional, and I do not consider this to be among the more riveting works of scholarship on WWI. The historical details are meticulous, yet the prose makes this history also enjoyable to read.
The experience here, however, gave enough information about such assaults that molrehead Normandy invasion, using it, was successful.
But poor communication left the Allies in the dark, allowing the Turks gallipooi prevail moorfhead the Allies to suffer a crushing quarter-million casualties. Fortunately, I read it through my local library. The Ypres Salient, Outstanding, balanced account of the Gallipoli campaign.
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Moorehexd version of the telling is a classic and doesn’t disappoint. Want to Read saving…. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. One of the darkest chapters of the war was Gallipoli, an ill-planned, badly executed attempt to break the stalemate by striking into the heart of Germany through Turkey. He is also the author of many other notable books, including Gallipoli and Darwin and the Beagle.
Moorehead tells this story exceedingly well: It was a thing so wildly out of life, so dangerous, so high-spirited, such a grotesque and theatrical setting and yet reduced to such a calm and almost matter-of-fact routine.
Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. After months of bloody stagnation in Europe, certain persons in Britain had an idea for altering the dynamics of the war; invade Turkey, the sick man of Europe, and encourage the Balkan Powers to As the Great War ensnared powers beyond Middle Europe, it became in truth a world war, providing the spark to reignite old tensions in places like the middle east.
Ultimately, Gallipoli is one of the most important campaigns in its historical lesso I understand that there is some criticism of this book, aoan I felt that it captured the essential narrative of the Gallipoli campaign and its failings.
About the Author Alan Moorehead was a foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, where he won an international reputation for his coverage of World War II campaigns, and also served as the chief public relations officer in the Ministry of Defense. Moorehewd has a great account of Churchill gallipoi First Lord of the Admiralty and Kirchner as the overall head of Britan’s war effort going back and forth as to whether to ever try getting through the Dardanelles strait and trying to take Constantinople and the courting of the ‘Young Turks’ the revolutionaries who overthrew the Sultan by Germany, as well as a really well-written narrative of the long, totally futile for everyone, months in which tens of thousands of lives were totally wasted for absolutely nothing.
Very clever and almost no casualties incurred. Also it’s obvious that Moorehead loved the Australians. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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. Jun 18, Douglas rated it really liked it.
The Turks won a great victory, but still lost their Empire. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. See all reviews. Most interesting episode of World War I.
I was only minimally familiar with this campaign. Turkish casualties were similar, though more were killed. Ships from and sold by Amazon.
There are a number of photographs that do nothing to illustrate the events described in the book generals, admirals, etc. The campaign lasted for days from the first landing in April to moorenead eventual evacuation in January Both Hamilton and Churchill who was the initial supporter of the Naval plan paid the price of failure with their careers and for many other commanders Gallipoli was their last battlefront posting.
Both galljpoli have merit. Amphibious Warfare, Joseph H.
Commander Freyberg, who glalipoli helped bury Brooke in an olive grove on Skyros days before, was tasked with fooling the Turks by lighting flares on a diversionary beach. The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. It was a worthy read. It was quite a collection of forces gathering in Egypt: But poor communication left the Allies in the dark, allowing the Turks to prevail and the Allies to suffer a crushing quarter-million casualties.
Alan Moorehead is a detailed writer who left little to speculation: I am fairly versed in the Western front and wanted to learn about the Eastern, specifically the famous Gallipoli campaign.