Fatal Charge at Gallipoli (Hardback)
The Story of One of the Bravest and Most Futile Actions of the Dardanelles Campaign - The Light Horse at The Nek - August 1915
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Armed only with rifles, bayonets and raw courage, the men of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade left the shelter of their rocky trenches to storm The Nek, a narrow stretch of ridge held by the Ottoman Turks. The first wave of attackers were cut down almost as soon as they stood up. Those that followed knew they were going to die. Yet they too charged without question, stumbling over the bodies of their fallen comrades before they also fell.
The commander of the 10th Light Horse Regiment attempted to have the third wave cancelled, claiming that 'the whole thing was nothing but bloody murder', but he could not convince the Brigade Major.
Using the letters and diaries of those who fought and died in this famously futile action, award-winning journalist and best-selling author, John Hamilton takes the reader on a journey from the rush to recruit in August 1914 when war was declared, through the training camps to the unforgiving terrain of Gallipoli and the unbending Turkish defenders, and finally to that fateful morning and that fatal charge.
Part of a trilogy by John Hamilton, this title was first published in 2004 by Pan Macmillan Australia, only being sold in the Australian and New Zealand markets, under the title Goodbye Cobber, God Bless You: The Fatal Charge of the Light Horse, Gallipoli, August 7th, 1915.
What makes John Hamilton's book immensely more readable than many others on the campaign, is his focus on personal diaries and records of survivors, which add a human angle to the story.New Zealand Communication Trench Oct 2016
With 'Fatal Charge at Gallipoli' Hamilton has exposed a fascinating episode to a wider audience, in a campaign doomed from the start.The Western Front Assc
His approach is sympathetic and balanced, and only occasionally influenced by hyperbole; after all, one hundred years on, how could anyone not be moved by the stories uncovered and recorded in this excellent epitaph to the men that were the 3rd Australian Light Horse?
The author ably sets out the action of the Light Horse at Nek and provides a balanced account with a good photo plate section in support. Recommended.Firetrench
This book tells the story of the brave-yet-futile actions of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade during World War I's Dardanelles campaign.History Revealed
As seen in...Military Historical Society
This is the first of three new excellent Gallipoli books by John Hamilton... It is highly detailed and obviously minutely researched account, which adds much to our knowledge of the Gallipoli campaign.WW1 Centenary
Featured in.Antiques Diary
As mentioned inFarnham Herald
Featured in.Britain At War