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'Sorry, Lads, But The Order Is To Go': The August Offensive, Gallipoli: 1915 Paperback – 30 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: NewSouth Publishing (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742230776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742230771
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,692,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I loved this book . . . if readers want to relive the battle I can recommend nothing more than they read this and Bean's official account side by side." --Peter Hart, Imperial War Museum, on "25 April 1915"

About the Author

David W. Cameron is a biological anthropologist who previously held an Australian Research Council QEII fellowship in the department of anatomy and histology at the University of Sydney and an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. He conducted a preliminary archaeological survey of the Gallipoli battlefields and is the author of "25 April 1915."

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This, one of three books on Gallipoli by David W. Cameron, focuses upon a period of five days when the fate of the whole campaign was sealed - from 6th to 10th August 1915 - primarily upon the fighting at Anzac. And I doubt whether the story has ever been better told than in this outstanding book.

Although the Peninsula was evacuated by January 1916 the `what ifs?', the `whys?' and the `whose faults?' have continued unabated ever since. This book spends little time with that kind of thing, rather it brings to the fore the words of those who endured - and that is surely the word - the fighting at Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, The Nek, Hill 60 and the like.

In the hands of a lesser author, even one with such excellent source material to hand as is the case here, the often confused fighting could have been rendered yet more confusing to the reader. But there is no danger in failing to understand what was asked of men, be they Australians, New Zealanders, British, Indians, Gurkhas and, importantly, Turkish too.

No men, particularly men weakened by sickness or hampered by inexperience could have achieved what was asked of those given the task of capturing the heights surrounding Anzac. And this book makes it abundantly clear that the campaign failed, not simply because of incompetent commanders, appalling conditions or terrain that has to be seen to be believed, it was lost because brave men facing conditions every bit as bad fought very well to protect their homeland.

I doubt whether the memory of all those who fought in those August days will ever better served. Highly recommended.
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