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4.0 out of 5 stars slaughter at gallipoli., 27 Jun. 2011
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An excellent book by John Laffin,my only criticism is the lack of maps or plans in the book to give the reader a better understanding of the Gallipoli campaign.
The campaign to win the Gallipoli peninsula and so open up the way to keep Russia supplied during WW1 was an ill conceived, badly thought out and badly planned campaign.
The allied commanders seemed to underestimate the Turks, and fought the campaign along similar lines to the way the war was being fought on the Western Front.
They didn't properly take into account the terrain they were fighting on, trying to gain a foothold on what was basically a cliff- face, with the Turks picking off troops as they were landing and trying to attack uphill.
The senior officers in charge of the campaign had a total misunderstanding of how to fight on the terrain the troops were facing, so Allied troops- Anzacs, French and British, were getting killed in their thousands, because of senior officers who didn't have a clue what they were doing!
The Navy weren't allowed to back up the troops as they should have done, by shelling the Turkish positions, probably another decision that came from those supposedly in charge?
The maps of the area they were using were years out of date?
Troops were dying like flies from dysentry, lack of medical aid for wounds sustained in battle and probably dehydration from the lack of water? when have to fight for days on end with no sleep in the searing temperatures of the area.
All in all no wonder Gallipoli was the military disaster it was- the blame lies solely with the politicians and the senior military officers.
Men killed in their 1,000s for what?
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Punches Pulled, 9 Feb. 2014
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John Laffin follows a different tack to the earlier objective attempts to understand the failures of this campaign. He wades straight in directing his anger fully at those he deems responsible. Others may take a more measured approach to the question of blame, though they come to the same conclusions, but the reasons can't bring back the dead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Anzac and Gurkha contributions., 9 April 2008
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I own an original copy of this book in hardback. Author is from New Zealand. Excellent account of the Anzac and Indian gains at the Dardanelles. Very balanced study of the campaign including the passion felt by
the Turkish defenders. Worth buying. I am Turkish Cypriot and still love this book.
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