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Krithia (Kindle)


WWI Gallipoli Battlefield Guidebooks WWI Battlefield Guides 1915 Military

By Stephen Chambers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
File Size: 37.8 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781473875487
eBook Released: 4th November 2021


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Krithia was a key objective in the land offensives; a killing ground greater than Anzac or Suvla. This book adds to the Gallipoli story and the preceding Battleground books on that campaign by recounting not only the landings at Helles of 25 April 1915, but also the subsequent bitter battles that followed in an attempt to capture the village and the vital high ground of Achi Baba. General Hunter-Weston’s weakened 29th Division achieved little during the first two bloody battles of Krithia, even when reinforced by the Anzacs, 42nd Division, Royal Naval Division and the French. The allies had little to show from their costly daylight frontal attacks, apart from a slightly firmer footing ashore and a growing casualty list. As the military situation looked to degenerate into a Western Front style stalemate, General Sir Ian Hamilton pushed for a final battle of Krithia. Using Hunter-Weston’s newly formed VIII Corps, and General Gouraud’s French Corps Expéditionnaire d’Orient, the Third Battle of Krithia launched on 6 June 1915. Despite a promising start, the attack soon collapsed against a stubborn Turkish defence, and although some lessons had been learnt from earlier failures; underestimation of the enemy was not one of them.

This is the true story, told using a rich mix of letters, diaries, photographs and maps, of Gallipoli's most costly battles. Gallipoli today is an exquisitely beautiful and tranquil place, with its turquoise waters, stretches of sandy beaches, wild flower covered meadows and pine forested heights, such a contrast to what occurred here over a hundred years ago.

The battleground series of guidebooks generally follow a well-established and proven template. This latest addition to the Gallipoli series is a well written example of the format. Long standing Gallipoli Guide, and GBG Member, Steve Chambers has collated a comprehensive selection of maps, photographs and historical accounts and produced an excellent guidebook. If you intend to visit the battlefields of the Dardanelles, the six walks at the rear of the book will be exceptionally useful. Highly recommended.

Guild of Battlefield Guides

For decades there can have been very few visitors to Gallipoli, in the days when foreign travel to more ‘exotic’ locations was the preserve of the wealthy, that is not now the case. For Australians and New Zealanders this is a pilgrimage. If you haven’t already been and are planning to visit, go with this book - and the others in the series- to maximise the experience.


Western Front Association

The latest in a series of new battleground books the Krihia guide is packed with information, maps, pictures and anecdotal accounts needed to support the wandering tourist, or the visiting military battlefield student. It is certainly good value for money whatever your level of interest.

Royal Anglian News - October 2021

"This title is a valuable addition to the Gallipoli aficionado’s bookshelf and one to keep in your rucksack when walking the battlefield!"

Martin Willoughby, Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association

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Britain at War September 2021

For anyone planning a post Covid battlefield tour the book is an essential purchase. Handy pocket sized and with an excellent Advice To Tourers Section which is up to date and full of helpful information.

One particularly good section is the information on the French contribution to Gallipoli which is sometimes underplayed by British writers.

Read the full review here

Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
 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. 


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