HELL’S FOUNDATIONS: A TOWN, ITS MYTHS AND GALLIPOLI.

Moorhouse, Geoffrey.


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1st ed., 1992. 256 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. In the Gallipoli landings of April 25, 1915, and in the months that followed, the town of Bury, regimental home of the Lancashire Fusiliers, lost a large proportion of its youth. The Six VC’s Before Breakfast won by the Fusiliers in the Dardanelles were no compensation for the dreadful casualties. In this microcosm, the author answers some questions that should be asked everywhere of any war: ‘How do we use our legends of military heroism in the years following the courageous acts?’ ‘What are our purposes in keeping them alive?’ He shows how the memory of Gallipoli has been revered and glorified in the town ever since, yet scars refuse to heal. Why else did recruitment to the regiment fall far behind that in other Lancashire towns in the approach to the Second World War?


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