John Murray, 1st ed., 1995. Xvii + 363 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Signed Presentation Copy from the Author. 2 Cuttings tipped-in. The author traces the complex roots of the Gallipoli catastrophe in World War I to the remoteness of war leaders in London, the chaotic operations of under-equipped and incompetent admirals and generals on the spot, and the extraordinary diversity of the Allied troops. Closely familiar with the battlefields and the straits, he unfurls a panorama of tenacity and heroism in conditions sometimes reminiscent of the Crimean War. By drawing on official papers, diaries and letters ' many never before published ' he gives an awe-inspiring impression of what it was like for the luckless fighting men who did their best but also, in the words of one of them, were 'beaten in the end by our own leaders.' Signed Copy.