Walking Gallipoli (Paperback)
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.Paul Reed via Twitter
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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
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide