Yet, for me, none can surpass the masterly, elegiac, and widely interpretative Gallipoli published by Australian expatriate, Alan Moorehead. When Turkey unexpectedly sided with Germany in World War I, Winston Churchill , as Sea Lord for the British, conceived a plan: smash through the Dardanelles. As journalism, spare, precise, only rarely- but then superbly- poetic; as history, complete in both detail and context, this dates from the intricate political tangle.
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Moorejead the night of March 18,this plan nearly succeeded — the Turks were virtually beaten. But poor communication left the Allies in the dark, allowing the Turks to prevail and the Allies to suffer a gaolipoli quarter-million casualties. A vivid chronicle of adventure, suspense, agony, and heroism, Gallipoli brings fully to life the tragic waste in human life, the physical horror, and the sheer heartbreaking folly of fighting for impossible objectives with inadequate means on unknown, unmapped terrain.
Paperbackpages. Duff Cooper Prize To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Gallipoliplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 25, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: Much of this was surprisingly dry, but Moorehead broke out the Leigh-Fermorish adventure and enchantment at frequent enough intervals to keep me reading. I will never forget his description of the exultant mood of the fleet before the landings.
Rupert Brooke thrilled to the idea that he might fight on the wine-dark Homeric seas, as part of galilpoli was romantically called the “Constantinople Expedition,” the young poet’s dream of war, as Moorehead defines it, “the Grecian frieze, the man entirely he Much of this was surprisingly dry, but Moorehead broke out the Leigh-Fermorish adventure and enchantment at frequent enough intervals to keep me reading.
Rupert Brooke thrilled to the idea that he might fight on the wine-dark Homeric seas, as part of what was romantically called the “Constantinople Expedition,” the young poet’s dream of war, as Moorehead defines it, “the Grecian frieze, the man entirely wlan and entirely beautiful, the best in the prescence of death. Their weapons are in their hands; the enemy is absent. Unless your spirit has been conquered in advance by the reputation of the enemy, you always feel yourself stronger than anybody who is not there.
An absent man does not impose the yoke of necessity. To the spirits of those embarking moorehad necessity yet presents itself; consequently they go off as though to a game, as though on holiday from the confinement of daily life. Commander Freyberg, who had helped bury Brooke in an olive grove on Skyros days before, was tasked with fooling the Turks by lighting flares on a diversionary beach.
Announcing that one swimmer could do with less risk what he had been given a platoon and a small boat to accomplish, Freyberg “had himself taken towards the land in a naval cutter, and when the boat was still two miles from the coast he slipped naked into the icy midnight sea” trailing a waterproof bag that contained the flares, a signalling light, a knife and a revolver.
He lit the flares, investigated the Turkish defenses, and swam out again, to be pulled half-dead out of the sea by the crew of the cutter.
And there was the British submariner who swam to the Marmara shore, planted and detonated explosives under a viaduct over which Turkish supply trains ran, then swam back to his lurking craft. Though gallipolli had ready jettisoned every one his bombs in a previous attack, Samson swooped low and leaning out of the cockpit made a defiant gesture of emptying his rifle into the U Boat’s hull. Nov 27, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Written almost 60 years ago, this 4 Star account of Gallipoli is still fresh and informative.
I was only minimally familiar with this campaign.
GALLIPOLI by Alan Moorehead | Kirkus Reviews
Moorehead takes you through the vallipoli, planning, execution and final withdrawal with precision and care for all participants. The Allied and the Turkish forces fought bravely, often in desperate battles for small gains in the historic lands near where Xerxes crossed the Hellespont, Achilles and Hector fought on the Trojan Plain, where you Written almost 60 years ago, this 4 Star account of Gallipoli is still fresh and informative.
The Allied and the Turkish forces fought bravely, often in desperate battles for small gains in the historic lands near where Xerxes crossed the Hellespont, Achilles and Hector fought on the Trojan Plain, where you can swim between Asia and Europe in an hour.
Moorehead clearly explains the origins of the plan, Galipoli is key galipoli not the only one responsible. The naval campaign to force the Dardenelles was new to me, I thought the land campaign started at the same time but no, The RN and the French tried to break through to the Sea of Marmara first. Later, we see the forces build up, not as strong as they should be.
It was quite a collection of forces gathering in Egypt: There were the French, a splendid sight on the parade ground, their officers in black and gold, the men in blue breeches and red coats.
There were the sailors of the British and French Navies. There were the Scottish, English and Alann troops. And finally there were the New Zealanders and the Australians.
These last were an unknown quantity. They were all volunteers, they were paid more money than any of the other soldiers, and they exhibited a spirit which was quite unlike anything which had been seen on a European battlefield before. A strange change had overtaken this transplanted British blood.
Barely a hundred years before their ancestors had gone morehead to the other side of the world from the depressed areas of the Agllipoli Kingdom, many of them dark, small, hungry men.
Their voices too had developed a harsh cockney accent of their own, and their command of the more mooreuead oaths and blasphemies, even judged by the most liberal army standards, ballipoli appalling.
Such military forms as the salute did not come very easily to these men, especially in gallipolii presence of British officers, whom they regarded ,oorehead effete, and their own officers at times appeared to have very little control over them.
One complaint is that the French land forces are almost ignored. The Turkish force response is better than expected. Instinctively he must have realized that his great chance had come, that he was either going to die here or make his name at last. He was constantly at the extreme front, helping to wheel guns into position, getting up gaallipoli the skyline among the bullets, sending his men into attacks in which they had very little hope of survival.
One of his orders was worded: In the time which passes until we die other troops and commanders can take our places. Only 9 months will pass between first landing and last man out. So much sacrifice in between. Initially, the ANZACs thought of the Turks as monsters or animals but Moorehead relates the growing respect for the opponent as the battle rages. In the truce that follows, you can see flashes of the famous Christmas truce in Europe.
Each side gains the galkipoli of the other. The British landing at Sulva Bay is just heartbreaking to read. Victory was there for the taking. Moorehead was not as harsh as he needed to be on the generalship in this battle.
Just so terrible to how good leadership could have won the day and saved so many lives. Conversely, the account of the withdrawal of forces from all three beachheads was inspiring.
Very clever and almost no casualties incurred. I was very glad to have read this book and hope to find more gallkpoli focused on individual parts of the campaign. This passage was very sad: In the many books that were written about the noorehead soon after the first world war, there is a constantly repeated belief that posterity would never forget what happened there. Vallipoli as names they have almost vanished moorehed of memory, and whether this hill was taken or that trench was lost seems hardly to matter any more.
As I write this on the th anniversary of gallipolj Second Battle of Krithia and coincidentally the 70th anniversary gallipooi VE Daylet us not forget these brave men. Read this book and commemorate the action. Apr 26, Lyndon rated it really liked it. Moorehead narrates the impossibilities and hopes of the Gallipoli landings with clarity, humor and generosity towards the Allies and their foes.
Missing is the usual mythologizing and sentimentality that reduces the Gallipoli campaign to a faded image of its ancient precursor poetically captured by Homer. Comfortable in the heady debates of admirals as with life in the trenches, Moorehead covers the social and political ground as best aoan anyone i know. I discovered in the pages of this book the ANZAC’s who are worth remembering but not idolizing; a campaign that richly construed was poorly completed; and a fresh appreciation for the horror of war and the humanity that periodically surfaces in the courage and wisdom of minor and great actors in this deadly drama.
I will read this book again, next year. Jul 10, Steven Kent rated it liked it Shelves: Has World War I become the forgotten war? It was the “war to end all wars,” but then it became overshadowed by the next world war.
One of the darkest chapters of the war was Gallipoli, an ill-planned, badly executed attempt to break the stalemate by striking into the heart of Germany through Turkey. The naval bombardment did not go right. The landing forces got trapped on beaches. The Turks turned out to have a lot more fight than the British ever expected. The British assigned Australian and New Zealand forces untenable landing areas while reserving far better ones for mooreheac. The winters were pestillential and freezing.
In the end, the battle at Gallipoli proved even more of a stalemate than the fronts in Western Europe. One thing to note, the Turkish proved to be gentlemen soldiers. Nov 28, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: As the Great War ensnared powers beyond Middle Europe, it became in truth a world war, providing the spark to reignite old tensions in places like the middle east. In latethe nations of the Black Sea gallupoli party to the conflict, and Gal,ipoli railed against Russian and Bulgar as in conflicts of yore.
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After months of bloody stagnation in Europe, certain persons in Britain had an idea for altering the dynamics of the war; invade Turkey, the sick man of Europe, and encourage the Balkan Powers to As the Great War ensnared powers beyond Middle Europe, it became in moorebead a world war, providing the spark to reignite old tensions in places like the middle east.
After months of bloody aan in Europe, certain persons in Britain had an idea for altering the dynamics of the war; invade Turkey, the sick man of Europe, and encourage the Balkan Powers to rise against it.
The Central Powers would be well and truly surrounded. The invasion would be so easy — use modern ships to blast a way through the narrow channel leading gllipoli Constantinople, using landings to help secure the forts if need ,oorehead, and stand by and smile as the Turks fled before the might of modern military prowess. By awful luck, problems in command, and the feistiness of the Turks, however, Gallipoli became a year-long tragedy, a distraction from the west that never realized its promise.