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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While all this was going on there was a massacre of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. With reinforcements came the August offensive. This book was incredible.

Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Books by Alan Moorehead. Bartlett No preview available – Mar 09, Pat rated it really liked it. The Turks won a great victory, but still lost their Empire. 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.

Finishing Gallipoli leaves me with much to think about, for example my original understanding was that the whole thing was Winston Churchills blunder however he was removed so early in the campaign that the end result can hardly be considered his fault.

Moorehead also focused on the more political aspects of the campaign and was able to show expertly why the campaign failed without having to outwardly state “this is why it failed”. Command Under Fire General Military. Continuing my exploration of Australian history and literature. At the conclusion the shortcomings of the invasion were left behind as a flawless, virtually bloodless evacuation withdrew virtually the whole force with negligible casualties, except of course lo the unlucky few to be personally involved.

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I am left with a sense of loss, of lives spent for no gain, and all the what might have beens. Both Hamilton galilpoli 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.


If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The landing of troops at the wrong point, the total breakdown of communications, the untold waste of effort and heroism — from the tragedies of Gallipoli Moorehead proclaims that human achievement is in the doing alone, and, in the final working out, undone by human ignorance, weakness, folly. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. Again this did not bring success and by 10th August not a single height of any importance at Suvla or Anzac was in British hands and at Cape Helles the battle subsided. 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.

It is thought that one-and-a-half-million were killed, The author states that the MAR victory in the Narrows brought the Turks together and was psychologically such that they felt that they were strong enough to get rid of all Armenians.

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. The Allies sent half-a-million men to Gallipoli and half of them became casualties and the same for the Turks.

One British officer spoke for many when he wrote during the evacuation: Comfortable in the heady debates of admirals as with life in the trenches, Moorehead covers the social and political ground as best an anyone i know. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Gallipoli Alan Moorehead Limited preview – See all customer images. Dec 21, Andrea rated it really liked it. Even though it took me a while to read this work, it’s not especially challenging, so it’s a solid choice for anyone interested in learning more about this campaign. Moorehead’s Gallipoli is what Churchill’s campaign was not: But their effort was in vain because the main attacks farther north were repulsed.


East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The soldiers are remembered to this day in Australia as the country gathers on ANZAC day to both mourn the losses and celebrate the bravery of those who fought.

Third, no one could determine the true status of the Turkish army. Aimed to draw Turkish troops from the Russian Caucasus front and open the Dardanelles to the export of Russian grain and the inflow of Western aid, it was the largest amphibious attack up to its time.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Later, we see the forces build up, not as strong as they should be. To the spirits of those embarking no necessity yet presents itself; consequently they go off as though to a game, as though on holiday from the confinement of daily life. There were the French, a splendid sight on the parade ground, their officers in black and gold, the men in blue breeches and gallipili coats.

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Moorehead takes you through the inception, planning, execution and final withdrawal with precision and care for all participants. The highlighting of each nation’s contribution to the battle is important. Nov 28, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front. It was a thing so wildly out of alah, so dangerous, so high-spirited, such a grotesque and theatrical setting and yet reduced to such a calm and almost matter-of-fact routine.

Open Preview See a Problem? But poor communication left the Allies in the dark, allowing the Turks to prevail and the Allies to suffer a crushing quarter-million casualties. If you like to read military history, this book is definitely worth your time.

Of ocurse, WWI was millions of lives wasted for absolutely nothing.

As indeed is the toughness and effectiveness of Turkish troops.