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27 Oct

The Latest Book On The Gallipoli Campaign! Kismet is the story of 67 Australian Prisoners of War captured during the Gallipoli Campaign in World War 1. This book is written by Author Jennifer Lawless who spent 10 years researching this history. 

27 Sep

Are you planning a trip to visit the WW1 Gallipoli campaign battleground? A battlefield guide tour book or battle site map may-be of assistance to you.

26 Sep

Many Soldiers in battle wrote letters home or added entries to their diaries throughout the day when time would allow. These letters and diary notes today; allow us a glimpse into the world of what life on the frontline and trenches was like. “From Gallipoli With Love” is one example of the thoughts, fears and experience of one World War 1 Australian Soldier.      

25 Sep

The Gallipoli battle field has had numerous books written covering the battle itself & eventual evacuation. The Naval aspect has had less attention."To The Shores Of Gallipoli" by Author Tom Frame discusses in detail the Australian Navy Submarine the AE2 and its 'campaign' (and its later discovery) at Gallipoli and also the work done by the RAN Bridging Team. For more details on this book: To The Shores Of Gallipoli

23 Sep

Each year on the 25th April Australia stops and remembers (a day of remembrance) all Australian & New Zealanders who have served in the armed forces. This day is called ANZAC day. The 25th April 1915 is the date the ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landed at the shores of Gallipoli. On the 25th April 1915 it will be the 100th Anniversary of these landings.

 

Books & DVDs On The Gallipoli Campaign

World War 1 Battle Field

The Gallipoli Campaign happened between the period of 25th April 1915 to January 1916 on the Gallipoli Peninsula during World War 1 (The Great War of 1914-1918). This battle was between the allied forces (including Australian & New Zealand “The ANZACS”) against the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), German and Austria-Hungary.

This WW1 battle was due to the British Governments War Council (who from recommendation by Winston Churchill) planned a Naval attack to gain control of the Peninsula. This plan if successful would then give them control over a large section of the Dardanelles Peninsula (a strait/waterway in Turkey) which in in turn would allow them to not only give support to Russia (an Allie) but also will give them a tactical and geographical advantage for invading Constantinople (in Turkey) know called Istanbul.

The attack / landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula began early morning on the 25th April 1915 at Ari Birun (renamed ANZAC Cove); although the planned landing destination (amphibious assault) was to be at Cape Tepe a few kilometres away. Even for today’s historians and without official records, it is not known if the changed landing position was planned, changed in the final hours, human error in the last moments or if Mother Nature simply played an unexpected part in the landing (i.e. tidal currents). The problem and difference between the first position “Cape Tepe” and where the landing took place was one had a sandy beach; and the other (ANZAC Cove) a more perilous rocky and uneven cliff covered landing stretch; made more perilous by the fact this was at night in darkness (pre-dawn).

The attack on the peninsula was not succesfull with Turkish forces overpowering the allies with thier suprior defensive positions and unexpected firepower. With growing heavy allied casualties, and after many long months with no real advancement having been made; the Dardanelles campaign was abandoned - with the allied soldiers being evacuated by ships. This World War 1 Campaign from an allied point of view is considered a complete failure.

In Australia the 25th of April each year is celebrated with ANZAC Day in Australia to mark the WW1 landings.

Famous Australian Author/War Correspondent Charles Bean was present at the Gallipoli landings. He recorded what he saw in diary entries, sketches and photos. 

At Booksforever we have many books on this WW1 Landing / Battlefield including DVDs..