Military History Alan Moorehead Gallipoli

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Gallipoli

 
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In GALLIPOLI, Alan Moorehead describes the great amphibious campaign of WW I. Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, was its strongest proponent. He was blamed for the fiasco that followed: a plan so admirable in concept yet so abominable in its execution.

The idea was to relieve pressure on the Western Front. An Anglo-French campaign to force the Dardanelles was designed to link up the Allies and sever Turkey from the other Central Powers.

But the idea stalled in planning and was delayed in execution. Results were disastrous. Turkish artillery and machine guns scythed down British troops. The failure cost Churchill his post: he served the remainder of the war as an officer in the trenches in France.

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The Allied campaign against Gallipoli began in 1915 when the Turks went into World War I on Germany's side. Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty in the British War Cabinet, conceived the plan of smashing through the Dardanelles with a fleet of old battleships and reopening the straits to Russian shipping.

For years the Turks had been beaten in every battle they fought, and the project stood a reasonable chance of success.

But what happened in the next nine months was a nightmare of lost opportunities, confused planning, and military incompetence.

Here is an epic of gallantry and folly -- the whole story of the most controversial campaign of modern times.

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