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Featuring greater than a hundred and fifty never-before-published pictures of the crusade, many taken by way of the warriors themselves, including unpublished written fabric from British, Anzac, French and Turkish, together with eyewitness bills of the landings, this can be an unrivalled account of what quite occurred at Gallipoli. Van Emden's gripping narrative and lucid research of Churchill's notorious operation, compliments Read more...


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It was when aiming (having spotted one of the enemy coming up to fire from behind a garden wall), that I got hit by two bullets from the flank, one in the chest and the other in the left foot. I wriggled back round the corner of the Fort and got my two wounds dressed. Fortunately the wounds were not serious and after a breather did not feel much the worse, although lamed. No headway was made up the village road and machine guns were posted at the corner to command it whilst headway was made by another party around either side of the Fort.

The fundamental flaw was that the war would not be won except on the Western Front, where Britain and France could exert the greatest pressure on German forces, using short lines of resupply and reinforcement. Turkey was not a direct military threat to Britain and her defeat, even if achieved, would not necessarily spell defeat for Germany. Britain needed to control the North Sea, blockade German ports and keep the coast of Britain inviolate from invasion. Committing substantial forces to the Dardanelles perversely increased the Allied risk of defeat in the West.

Birdwood’s men would seize the high ground immediately behind the landing beaches, before attacking and taking a prominent hill, Mal Tepe, and then moving on next day to Kilid Bahr. This was the plan; it would now be up to the men themselves to execute it. Lieutenant Edward King, 1st Battalion AIF We had just finished our divisional training under General Bridges when all sorts of rumours began to go round: we were going soon, nobody knew where or when. Some thought to France, some said Palestine and some the Sinai Peninsula.

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