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August Offensive

WWI Gallipoli Battlefield Guidebooks 1915

By Stephen Chambers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
File Size: 144.7 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9781783468195
Published: 5th September 2011

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The landing at Suvla Bay, part of the August Offensive, commenced on the night of 6 August 1915. It was intended to support a breakout from Anzac Beach. Despite early hopes from a largely unopposed landing, Suvla was a mismanaged affair that quickly became a stalemate.

The newly formed IX Corps, commanded by Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Stopford, failed, not for lack of sacrifice of its New Army and Territorial's, but for failure of generalship. Opportunities were thoughtlessly wasted due to lethargy. Suvla not only signalled the end of Stopford and many of his Brigadiers, but also saw the end of the Commander in Chief, Sir Ian Hamilton. It was the beginning of the end of the Gallipoli gamble and in its own right created a catalyst of disaster that would come to represent the failed campaign.

This book adds to the Gallipoli story by recounting the Suvla Bay landing through a mix of official accounts intertwined with a rich collection of the participants' letters, diaries, personal accounts, photographs and maps.

Stephen Chambers has produced another great example of the Battleground series. Plenty of useful photographs, interesting anecdotal accounts and, critically, plenty of maps. Highly recommended.

Despatches - the Journal of the Guild of Battlefield Guides

This is the third contribution by Steve Chambers to the Pen & Sword Battleground Gallipoli series – and I think it is his best yet. As usual there is a description of the campaign followed by a series of well-designed battlefield tours that guide the visitor around the main sites and points of interest. For me the greatest enjoyment lies in his historical account of the Suvla Landings.
Throughout the book is chock-a-block with excellent personal experience quotes, some old favourites to be sure, but many of them will be new to most readers. They are skilfully woven into the account, bringing the fighting alive and illustrating the manifold confusions of this truly awful battle.

The text is also wonderfully illustrated with photos and crystal-clear maps. A splendid book that I sound invaluable during my recent visits to Gallipoli.

Stand To!

Another in the fantastic Battleground series of Great War histories combined with battlefield guides. This book concentrates on the action around Suvla in August 1915, with a good narrative an personal accounts.

The Great War Magazine
 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.

Websites:
https://redcoatandkhaki.com

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