By Robin Prior
The Gallipoli crusade of 1915–16 used to be an ill-fated Allied try and shorten the conflict via getting rid of Turkey, making a Balkan alliance opposed to the important Powers, and securing a sea path to Russia. A failure in all respects, the operation resulted in catastrophe, and the Allied forces suffered a few 390,000 casualties. This conclusive publication assesses the various myths that experience emerged approximately Gallipoli and offers definitive solutions to questions that experience lingered in regards to the operation.
Robin earlier, a well known army historian, proceeds step-by-step during the crusade, facing naval, army, and political issues and surveying the operations of the entire armies concerned: British, Anzac, French, Indian, and Turkish. depending considerably on unique files, together with overlooked battle diaries and technical army assets, earlier evaluates the tactic, the commanders, and the functionality of squaddies at the flooring. His conclusions are strong and unsettling: the naval crusade used to be now not “almost” gained, and the land motion used to be now not bedeviled via “minor misfortunes.” as an alternative, the badly conceived Gallipoli crusade used to be doomed from the beginning. or even had it been winning, the operation wouldn't have shortened the battle by means of a unmarried day. regardless of their bravery, the Allied troops who fell at Gallipoli died in vain.