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Walking Gallipoli (Paperback)

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By Stephen Chambers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
Pages: 258
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781473825642
Published: 23rd September 2019

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Gallipoli was a First World War tragedy, a side show that had ambitious hopes to end the war early. Despite the immense gallantry displayed by those fighting, from the beginning, this grand scale 1915 operation was plagued with mismanagement; failure in high places that betrayed the heroism in the field. Though a noble disaster with casualties of over half a million, those who visit Gallipoli today owe it to those who served and died a conscious effort to see beyond the heartbreak and futility, to appreciate the what, the how and the why. There is no better way to do this today other than walking the battlefields with this invaluable guide.

From the beaches and fields of Helles, to the precipitous heights of Anzac and to the plains of Suvla, this book guides the walker to the key points of the campaign. Infamous names that are synonymous with the fighting are covered; Sedd-el Bahr, Krithia, Achi Baba, The Vineyard, Gully Ravine, Kereviz Dere, Lone Pine, The Nek, Chunuk Bair, Lala Baba, Chocolate Hill, Kidney Hill and Kiretch Tepe. All of these features are set in a haunting scene of beauty and tragedy that still pervades this eastern Mediterranean peninsula. In total there are ten walks, some challenging, others not, with a narrative that helps make sense of it all.

A new must-have book about this important battlefield. I went to school with Steve so I’m perhaps biased, but this is a superb one volume history & guide. Highly recommended.

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In my opinion Gallipoli is the best battlefield I have visited or worked on; simply because the area is relatively unchanged by the ensuing years and the geography is stunning in the context of what happened there. This book is an excellent and concise account of the events at Gallipoli by following the usual framework of walking different routes. These walks stay with you; walking from Lone Pine to The Chessboard tells you all about the tactical importance of the ridge that formed the Turkish front line and the incredible valour of the men who both attacked and defended such exposed positions. It is a panorama of heroism and bravery and this book brings it all into context. If ever you get the opportunity, go to Gallipoli (and take this book). It is a truly stunning place.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy
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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

https://twitter.com/stevejchambers

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