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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Although the beachhead was precarious, it held: This is a review of the digitized version and is not a commentary on the content of Moorehead’s classic.

Deception in War Jon Latimer Snippet view – 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. Written almost 60 years ago, this 4 Star moorheead of Gallipoli is still fresh and informative.

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Jun 15, Ted Haussman rated it really liked it. Their weapons are in their hands; the enemy is absent. Buy the selected items together This item: In the time which passes until we die other troops and commanders can take our places. I have always wanted to know the nuts and bolts of the military disaster that was Gallipoli.

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Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. According to one of the other books Moorehear read on Gallipoli, Moorehead’s is supposed to the the best at that time.


I know relatively little about World War I and my familiarity with British military figures is sparse. It has a great ala of Churchill as 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.

Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead

Nov 28, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Also it’s obvious that Moorehead loved the Australians.

The author tells the story of the war by writing about the struggles and conflicts and heartbreaks of the people involved. While it is easy to armchair something so thoroughly picked apart by galipoli, one still comes away utterly incredulous at the stupidity of the British High Command during WWI.

Battles continued during June and July No-one was winning but by the end of July the casualties were about 57, each.


But poor communication left the Allies in the dark, allowing the Turks to prevail and the Allies to suffer a crushing quarter-million casualties. In such confined quarters, the two sides could not help but realize one another’s essential humanity, and this is often a mooreheda of well-meaning men making awful mistakes against one another.


I am writing this as Memorial Day approaches in the U. If you want to know more about this episode of the Great War, this book is the perfect place to start.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. On the night of March 18,this plan nearly succeeded — the Turks were virtually beaten. 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.

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. Apr 26, Lyndon rated it really liked it. The winters were pestillential and freezing. Interesting, disappointing, and well written, I would encourage others to read this book– and not let the campaign disappear into history Written in the ‘s, Moorehead does an admirable job of exploring the foray into what-might-have-been.

If you have any interest in military history, it is an exceptionally good account of one of the more notorious campaigns of WW I.

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