Gal­lipoli

By Ma­jor Gen­eral Ju­lian Thomp­son, Dr Peter Ped­er­sen and Dr Haluk Oral

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(AAn­dre Deutsch Ltd, 6 4 pages, £30) Gal­lipoliG is a richly il­lus­trated laarge for­mat hard­back book, wwhich boasts pho­to­graphs, mmaps and di­a­grams on ev­ery ppage, sup­ple­mented by a group of 15 re­pro­duc­tion doc­u­ments held in en­velopes bound in­side. It cov­ers the events which took place dur­ing the First World War at Gal­lipoli in 1915.

The book is ar­ranged in ap­prox­i­mate date or­der; but sur­pris­ingly, be­tween July and Au­gust are pages re­lat­ing to ‘The Naval Cam­paign’ (start­ing April 1915), ‘Air­men over the Dar­danelles’ (start­ing Fe­bru­ary 1915) and ‘Sub­marines in the Dar­danelles’ – which is in­cor­rectly dated 13 De­cem­ber 1915 in­stead of 1914.

No doubt many read­ers want to know what ac­tion their an­ces­tor saw at Gal­lipoli. How­ever, the text refers mainly to army divi­sions and does not state which bat­tal­ions made up those divi­sions. A ta­ble list­ing the reg­i­ments, bat­tal­ions and divi­sions, like the one on the Gal­lipoli As­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site, would be help­ful.

Nev­er­the­less, this book pro­vides a very read­able ac­count of the Gal­lipoli cam­paign, de­scrib­ing op­er­a­tions for both Turk­ish and Al­lied Forces. It gives a clear view of what con­di­tions were like, the mis­takes that were made, and a full ac­count of the ma­jor suc­cess of the cam­paign: the Al­lied evac­u­a­tion of al­most 135,000 men in De­cem­ber 1915 and Jan­uary 1916.

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