Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far

Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far

by Ashley Ekins (Editor)


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This new book about the Gallipoli battles arises out of a major international conference at the Australian War Memorial in 2010 to mark the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. The conference drew leading military historians from around the world to bring multi-national viewpoints to the many intriguing questions still debated about Gallipoli. Keynote speaker, Professor Robin Prior of the University of Adelaide, author of Gallipoli: the end of the myth (2009), led a range of international authorities from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, India and Turkey to present their most recent research findings. The result was significant: never before had such a range of views been presented, with fresh German and Turkish perspectives offered alongside those of British and Australasian historians. For the resulting book, the papers have been edited and the text has been augmented with soldiers' letters and diary accounts, as well as a large number of photographs and maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781921966934
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ashley Ekins specialises in the history of the First World War and the Vietnam War. He has published widely on the role of Australian soldiers in the First World War and contributed chapters and edited, '1918 Year of Victory: The end of the Great War and the shaping of history' (Exisle 2010), and 'War Wounds: Medicine and the trauma of conflict' (Exisle 2011), which he co-edited with Elizabeth Stewart.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Contributors 11

Gallipoli strengths and casualties 18

Maps and tables 19

Notes on measurements and Turkish names 21

Chronology of the Gallipoli campaign 23

Introduction:'… the most ghastly and costly fiasco' Ashley Ekins 27

Part 1 Strategies and plans

1 The hand of history Robin Prior 42

2 The August offensives in British Imperial Grand Strategy Stephen Badsey 56

3 A ridge too far: the obstacles to allied victory Ashley Ekins 76

Part 2 The Anzac breakout battles

4 By bomb and bayonet: the attacks from Lone Pine to the Nek Peter Burness 106

5 'I thought I could command men': Monash and the assault on Hill 971 Peter Pedersen 126

6 'From the uttermost ends of the earth': the New Zealand battle for Chunuk Bair John Tonkin-Covell 140

Part 3 Enemies and allies

7 'There will be no retreating': Turkish soldiers' reactions to the August offensive Kenan Fewc 162

8 'Only 1 per cent of our own strength': German military command in the Gallipoli campaign and the impact of the Ottoman alliance on German strategy Holger Afflerbach 180

9 'No room for any lapses in concentration': Ottoman commanders' responses to the August offensive Harvey Broadbent 196

10 The French on Gallipoli and observations on Australian and British forces during the August offensive Elizabeth Greenhaigh Colonel Frédéric Guelton 214

11 Their mercenary calling: the Indian army on Gallipoli, 1915 Rana Chhina 232

12 Supplying the offensive: the role of allied logistics Rhys Crawley 254

Part 4 Legacies

13 Walking the ground: Gallipoli revisited, 1919 Janda Gooding 274

14 Gallipoli: foreshadowing future conflicts Robert O'Neill 288

Notes 303

Suggested further reading 325

Index 329

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