James, Robert Rhodes.


Batsford, 1st ed., 1965. Xi + 384 pp., frontis., + 60 photo-plates + various maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Minor edge-wear to top of d.j., complete, foxing to fore-edge ; from the collection of A. B. Sainsbury (1925-2010, R.N.R., an ADC to the Queen and a naval historian, amongst many things) and carrying his small, neat signature ; V.G.+ Six paper-cuttings tipped-in. The eventual failure of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, after heart-breaking opportunities had been missed, was a disastrous set-back to Allied hopes in 1915. This account draws upon a great reservoir of previously untapped information which discounts many of the former legends, disproves or confirms old judgements, sharply questions some exalted reputations and restores others. Working from official archives not previously available to anyone except the official historian (who was severely restricted in the use he could make of them) and from private collections of unpublished letters, journals and diaries, the author has thrown an entirely new light on many aspects of the campaign. In addition to his researches into the papers of many of the participants, the author also visited the battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula and interviewed a great number of survivors of the campaign. Furthermore, he extensively draws upon the diaries and letters of the men who fought on Gallipoli and the photographs they took.

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