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Walking Gallipoli (ePub)

Military > Battlefield Guidebooks > WWI Battlefield Guides WWI > Battles & Campaigns > Gallipoli WWI > By Year > 1915

By Stephen Chambers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Battleground: WWI
File Size: 124.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 258
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781473880863
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.

Review by Peter Hart

Chambers gives us a concise review of the genesis of the campaign and the early failed naval operations.

Western Front Association

Chambers’ knowledge about the campaign shines through from the start – he has written several guidebooks focusing on different areas of the battlefield – and I found the book a succinct and highly readable introduction to the campaign in its own right, as well as a tour guide. So whether you are looking for a guidebook or a concise introduction to the campaign, Chambers’ offering is well worth your attention.

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WW1 Geek

This fantastic book really helps us to understand the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 in WW1. With wonderful photographs and maps, a detailed Bibliography and an Index listing the incredible number of different forces involved and the Victoria Crosses (VCs) awarded, it is another ‘must read’ for anyone genuinely interested in the history of the First World War and definitely for anyone planning a visit to Gallipoli.

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Fascinating Facts Of The Great War

The format of the guide is such that you can carry it in a pocket and while the photography and illustrations are all mono, they are clear enough to show the sites and routes. It's a handy guide to the visiting historian.

The Armourer, March 2020

The Battleground Series has become extremely popular, combining thoroughly researched text, great photos and other images, all at a very low price. Gallipoli was a tragedy for many reasons but it was also a battleground where soldiers, airmen and sailors fought with determination and great courage. – Very Highly Recommended.

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As well as some excellent tours clearly laid out and given their individual contexts, there is also good advice about when to consider your tour, missing the times when Turks tend to visit and also visitors from Australia and New Zealand. Temperatures in the height of summer are also good to avoid. Less facilities such as restaurants and toilets so more excellent advice on how to ensure you are well prepared for what can be a very peaceful battlefield visit.

These Battleground guides are an ideal size to take with you, easy to fit in a backpack.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The book offers a very valid guide to learn about the places of this unfortunate and ill-planned operation that cost the lives of thousands of Allied and Turkish soldiers.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

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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Paul Reed via Twitter

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

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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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