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Anzac-The Landing (ePub)


Military > Battlefield Guidebooks WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Gallipoli WWI > By Year > 1915

By Stephen Chambers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Battleground
Series: Battleground: WWI
File Size: 147.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781783460601
Published: 22nd May 2008


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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 Chambers is one of the leading military historians of the Gallipoli campaign. Although this is his prime passion, he has also a great interest in British military history from the Crimea to the Second World War. His first book, Gallipoli - Gully Ravine won high acclaim, along with the follow-on volumes: Anzac The Landing and Suvla: August Offensive. His most recent work in the series is Walking Gallipoli, a single volume companion for the cambering, particularly useful to the battlefield visitor. 
He is a committee member of the Gallipoli Association and has led numerous tours to the Gallipoli battlefields.
His interest in British military history over many years resulted in a major book, Uniforms & Equipment of the British Army in World War One, the first extensive serious work on the subject. When he is not writing and researching, Stephen is walking the battlefields in the footsteps of those who trod before, whether in the grasslands of Zululand, amidst the mud of Flanders or on the beaches and heights of Gallipoli. 


Gallipoli Landings

25th April 1915

World War I: Australian, New Zealand, British and French forces begin landing on the Gallipoli Peninsular to attack Turkish positions.

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