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Anzac-The Landing (Paperback)


WWI Gallipoli Battlefield Guidebooks 1915

By Stephen Chambers
Imprint: Battleground
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844157228
Published: 22nd May 2008
Last Released: 24th August 2015



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The Anzac legend was born on the shores of Gallipoli during the historic morning of 25th April 1915. Landing on a hostile beach, under the cover of darkness, the Anzacs moved inland rapidly, but the response of the Ottoman forces was equally quick. The outcome of the campaign was arguably sealed during the first day, when the door for an Anzac victory was closed. With the order to dig, dig, dig and to stick it out, a stalemate was secured from the clutches of almost total disaster. After the Australians and New Zealanders received their baptism of fire, they became a stubborn thorn in the sides of the Ottoman army. Futilely after eight gruelling months of fighting, the campaign came to an end with the complete evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Failure did not mar the actions and sacrifice of the Anzacs who bestowed a powerful legacy, as well as being a landmark in the birth of modern Turkey. Almost a century later, with all the veterans now sadly gone, their legacy still survives in Anzac Day and with the ever increasing numbers of pilgrims who visit the battlefield today. This attractive and well-written book will serve as either a handy guide or concise history (or both).

The book is liberally and well illustrated with modern and contemporary photos, sketches and clear maps. Biographies of individuals have been inserted into the text and help to personalise the story and chapter nine deals with two suggested tours of the area that are pertinent to the initial landings. The book contains tourist and travel information, an excellent bibliography, a useful index and a comprehensive Order of Battle for both sides. There are good descriptions of the terrain and local flora which still does have a bearing on moving around the area and brought back some painful memories for me!

Steve Chambers has done a fine job of telling the tale of the Anzac Landing and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his book. If you are interested in Gallipoli this book should be on your bookshelf. If you are going to Gallipoli you will have to visit Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu, Plugge’s Plateau, Shrapnel Gully, Walker’s Ridge, the Daisy Patch, Monash Valley, Russell’s Top.

Therefore, you should purchase this book and read it before you go and put it in your hand luggage and take it with you. It will provide you with a concise history of the Anzac Landings and be a very useful battlefield guide as you walk around the area yourself. Recommended reading.

War History Online - Dr Wayne Osborne

In the usual way of the excellent Battleground Series from Pen & Sword, this guide is informative, profusely illustrated and well-written.

Britain at War - October 2008
 Stephen Chambers

About Stephen Chambers

Stephen is a freelance battlefield guide, author and researcher specialising in British military history, from the redcoats to khaki. His passion for military history and the battlefields has seen him visiting them since the 1980’s. He was wandering the WW1 battlefields of France & Flanders when the veterans were still numerous, having interviewed many of them over the years. He has guided tour groups since 2006, which began after a phone call from a major tour company who were short of guides, and since then he had caught the bug for guiding. However with a professional career in information security, battlefield guiding is currently a part-time vocation. Saying that in 2015 he spent 12 weeks on the battlefield guiding different groups, which included the general public, military groups and historical organisations. He works on a freelance basis for Battle Honours Ltd, and he has also led tours for Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (Australia) and Leger Holidays. He has guided tours, bespoke and scheduled, covering the Zulu War through to the Second World War. Stephen is a leading military historian on the Gallipoli campaign. His first book in the Battleground Europe series, Gallipoli - Gully Ravine (Pen & Sword 2002) had high acclaim, along with its follow-on volumes; Anzac The Landing (Pen & Sword 2008), Suvla: August Offensive (Pen & Sword 2011) and Anzac: Sari Bair (Pen & Sword 2014). British and commonwealth military history has continued to have been a successful theme, with Uniforms & Equipment of the British Army in World War One (Schiffer Books, 2005), the first serious work on the subject. His latest book, co-authored with Richard van Emden, is Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs (Bloomsbury 2015). Stephen’s Battleground Europe guidebooks have all been translated in to Turkish. When not writing, Stephen is on the Battlefield, continuing his research and guiding groups. The best way to study a campaign is to walk in the footsteps of those involved, whether in the grasslands of Zululand, the mud of Flanders or the beaches of Normandy. His expertise is in what he calls the ‘Redcoats to Khaki’ period, in particular the Anglo-Zulu War, Sudan, Boer War, First World War and the Second World War. Stephen is currently a Trustee of the Gallipoli Association and is also a member of the Western Front Association and the Orders and Medals Research Society.



Gallipoli Landings

25th April 1915

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