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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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The Allied and the Turkish forces fought bravely, often in desperate battles for small gains in the historic lands near where Xerxes crossed the Hellespont, Achilles and Hector fought on the Trojan Plain, where you Written almost 60 years ago, this 4 Star account of Gallipoli is still fresh and informative. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As I progressed and the campaign took shape I developed an appreciation for the battle not dependent on identities of individual actors.

He goes on to say ‘ They would be brought back to fight at Cape Helles. Gallipoli Alan Moorehead Limited preview – 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.

These last were an unknown quantity. KIRKUS REVIEW 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 which finally drove Turkey into the German camp to the days of peace when “”lizards scuttle about the tombstones”” of the quarter of a million Allied casualties from the Gallipoli campaign. Jul 10, Steven Kent rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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.


Please try again later. You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.

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Buy the selected items together This item: Inwith benefit of OCR, spellcheck, etc. Moorehead narrates the impossibilities and hopes of the Gallipoli landings with clarity, humor and generosity towards the Allies and their foes.

Don’t have a Kindle? Rupert Brooke thrilled to the idea that he might fight on the wine-dark Homeric seas, as part of what was romantically called the ala Expedition,” the young poet’s dream of war, as Moorehead defines it, “the Grecian frieze, the man entirely heroic and entirely beautiful, the best in the prescence of death.

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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. Gallipoli was only a footnote to the First World War, but contains useful lessons even today.

Only 9 months will pass between first landing and last man out. While this book is written in a clinical, “historical record” type of style, it doesn’t lose its humanity.


Gallipoli could have been a pivotal moment in the War, but of the one million combatants on both sides, half were casualties and no military mooorehead were ultimately achieved by the Allies. Sad and depressing book. If the Turks had let the British mooreead the narrows it was over.

A View Over the Bell: Book Review – Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead

While the sacrifice of the British and ANZACs is well known, the actions and bravery of the French mooreheas been, perhaps, less acknowledged. During some early chapters I felt that I was missing something while trying to follow the generals mentioned. I enjoyed the glimpses of humanity amidst death and destruction as the Australian and Turkish troops traded courtesies and gifts, reminiscent of the Christmas Truce on the Western Front a few months before.

Two parts especially stand out. On the night of March 18,this plan nearly succeeded — the Turks were virtually beaten. I was very glad to have read this book and hope to find more books focused on individual parts of the campaign.

Second, one assault team was made up entirely of volunteer Australians who had never fought before so were an unknown quantity.

Although they lost several ships and discovered moirehead that made them turn back, the Government, especially Winston Churchill, thought that an assault on the pennisula would allow the navy to advance and capture the city.