Behrend, Arthur.


Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1st ed., 1961. 156 pp., photo & other plates + 2 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Owner’s details to f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. Much of this account of the author’s part as a platoon commander with the 4th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment at Gallipoli in the early summer of 1915, is taken from his diary, written at the time. Joining a territorial battalion of the East Lancashires in 1914, the author describes how in September the battalion was sent to Cairo, then to the Suez Canal. From the Canal it was ordered to Gallipoli, arriving at the beginning of May 1915 as part of the first wave of reinforcements. From then on, the book becomes a detailed day-to-day account of life and death in Gallipoli and its trenches, till in June the author went down with dysentery and was ultimately invalided to Malta and home. The Gallipoli campaign was one of the more appalling military blunders of the time but the author, who was mentioned in despatches, tells his story of slaughter without bitterness.

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