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Title Gallipoli : a ridge too far / edited by Ashley Ekins
Published Wollombi, N.S.W. : Exisle Publishing, 2013
Wollombi, NSW : Exisle Publishing Limited, 2013
© 2013


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 MELB  940.426 Eki/Gab  AVAILABLE
Description 336 pages : illustrations, photographs, some colour maps ; 25 cm
regular print
Contents pt.1. Strategies and plans --Hand of history --August offensives in British Imperial grand strategy -- Ridge too far: the obstacles to allied victory ----pt.2. The Anzac breakout battles --By bomb and bayonet: the attacks from Lone Pine to the Nek --'I thought I could command men': Monash and the assault on Hill 971 --'From the uttermost ends of the earth': The New Zealand battle for Chunuk Bair ----pt.3. Enemies and allies --'There will be no retreating': Turkish soldiers' reactions to the August offensive --'Only 1 per cent of our own strength': German military command in the Gallipoli campaign and the impact of the Ottoman alliance on German strategy --'No room for any lapses in concentration': Ottoman commanders' responses to the August offensive --French on Gallipoli and observations on Australian and British forces during the August offensive --Their mercenary calling: the Indian army on Gallipoli, 1915 --Supplying the offensive: the role of allied logistics ----pt.4. Legacies --Walking the ground: Gallipoli revisited, 1919 --Gallipoli: foreshadowing future conflicts
Summary In early August 1915, after months of stalemate in the trenches on Gallipoli, British and Dominion troops launched a series of assaults in an all-out attempt to break the deadlock and achieve a decisive victory. The 'August offensive' resulted in heartbreaking failure and costly losses on both sides. Many of the sites of the bloody struggle became famous names: Lone Pine, the Nek, Chunuk Bair, Hill 60, Suvla Bay. Debate has continued to the present day over the strategy and planning, the real or illusory opportunities for success, and the causes of failure in what became the last throw of the dice for the Allies. Some argue that these costly attacks were a lost opportunity; others maintain that the outcomes were simply inevitable.This new book about the Gallipoli battles arises out of a major international conference at the Australian War Memorial in 2010 to mark the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. The conference drew leading military historians from around the world to bring multi-national viewpoints to the many intriguing questions still debated about Gallipoli. Keynote speaker, Professor Robin Prior of the University of Adelaide, author of Gallipoli: the end of the myth (2009), led a range of international authorities from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, India and Turkey to present their most recent research findings. The result was significant: never before had such a range of views been presented, with fresh German and Turkish perspectives offered alongside those of British and Australasian historians. For the resulting book, the papers have been edited and the text has been augmented with soldiers' letters and diary accounts, as well as a large number of photographs and maps
Analysis Anecdotes
Army personnel
Australian Army
Defence alliances
Great Britain
Military strategy
New Zealand
World War 1
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Turkey -- Gallipoli Peninsula.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Turkey -- Gallipoli Peninsula -- Congresses.
Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey) -- History, Military.
Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey) -- Strategic aspects.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Author Ekins, Ashley K. (Ashley Kevin), editor, editor
Australian War Memorial.
International Conference "Gallipoli : a ridge too far" (2010 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
ISBN 1921966009 (hbk.)
9781921966002 (hardback)