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Intended as revisionist, but covering much well-worn ground
on 26 May 2009
As an introduction to the subject, Prior's book has much to recommend it, though it suffers, as do most accounts in English, from a lack of original Turkish sources. Prior's main thesis is that, even if it had been successful, the Gallipoli Campaign would not have shortened the war by so much as one day. While detailing the well-known defects of the higher command (and with a reappraisal of the subsequent performance of Hunter-Weston), there is a somewhat inevitable feeling that the material is skewed, if only slightly, to support the conclusion. The so-called 'Drift to the Dardanelles' is examined, as is Churchill's role, but this was covered in far greater detail in Geoffrey Miller's 'Straits: British Policy Towards the Ottoman Empire and the Origins of the Dardanelles Campaign' (which, strangely, does not appear in the bibliography) and there is little new here. Nevertheless, Prior's book is recommended as a solid overview of the Campaign but is hardly 'The Final Story'