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The National Army Museum Book of the Turkish Front 1914-18: The Campaigns at Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia and in Palestine (Pan Grand Strategy Series) Paperback – 6 Feb 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 2nd edition (6 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330491083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330491082
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The first book to cover the whole of the campaign against the Turks in the First World War, including the disaster of Gallipoli.

About the Author

Field Marshal Lord (Michael) Carver held important command and staff appointments, at home and abroad, as Chief of General Staff and, as Field Marshal from 1973, Chief of the Defence Staff. Author of fifteen books and editor of two others, he was created a life peer in 1977. Lord Carver died in 2001.

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It says on the back of the book that Field Marshall Lord Carver is "a master military historian" and author of 15 books. Maybe it's because, as a Field Marshall, he knew what he was talking about or maybe it was the fact that because he was a Lord that nobody had the heart to tell him that he definitely was NOT a master military historian.

The war with the Ottoman Empire during Words War 1 is important for 2 reasons.

Firstly it shows that it genuinely was a "World War" and not just men in deadlock stuck in trenches in Flanders, indeed it's also a useful point to show that there was movement and changing tactics in the war too.

Secondly this campaign marks the end of the Ottoman Empire a dynasty that had survived father to son unbroken from the late 13th century. This culture links back directly to the medieval times, as far back as the Crusades! The repercussion of this conflict are still being felt today because out of the ashes of this empire was carved countries like Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Palestine.

So this is important stuff and yet what we get is an endless list of names and divisions being moved round battlefields. Nothing is explained or described in anything but the barest detail and everything is stated in a very matter of fact way. Indeed whenever he wants to explain things further, he just stuffs in someone's letter which can work but should not be the way an event is ALWAYS explained nor would you regurgitate the entire letter, a few juicy sentences will do. This conflict covered the whole of the Near East and yet you get 4 maps at the front and that's your lot. On many occasions places or key positions are mentioned in the text only to be omitted from the maps- not good enough!
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I would like tp endorse the previous negative review. In fact I think this is the dullest book about military history I've attempted to read - bogged down in detail, no explanation of strategic or tactical decisions, and hardly any maps.

This is all a real shame as a popular account of these forgotten campaigns is long overdue, especially in view of current issues in Iraq & the Middle East.
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Field Marshal Lord Carver has combined the three major Middle Eastern campaigns during the Great War very adequately. They had no direct connection between them, but still had much in common: They were conceived far from the battle field; they were planned in elaborate detail and they all failed miserably, at least at the first attempt. (There was no second attempt at Gallipoli, so this campaign still stands out as one of modern history's worst disasters and a terrible waste of human lives and other scarce resources, while both in Mesopotamia and in Palestine/Syria the first bitter lessons were learnt and the tasks left to better commanders in order to revenge the first defeats.) Lord Carver's narrative is fast, eventful and -as far as I have been able to check- accurate, with much detailed information both regarding the events themselves and the people and units involved. He makes much use of diaries and other eye-witness material, demonstrating very well how the men who fought these battles actually experienced them. What is missing is some insight in the situation and planning of the opposing side, as well as some detailed maps: Those supplied are very sketchy and many important sites mentioned in the text are not marked in them, which is the only serious flaw in this otherwise excellent text.
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