The Gallipoli campaign is generally viewed as a disastrous failure, inadequately redeemed by the heroism of the soldiers and sailors involved in the fighting. But before the first landings were made, the concept of a strike at the Dardanelles seemed to offer a short cut to victory. The venture, and what was required of the men undertaking it enduring heavy casualties, eminently deserved reconsideration in the centenary year of the campaign. What fuelled and what drained morale during the eight months of extraordinary human endeavour? A balanced evaluation of the Gallipoli gamble, and of the political and military leadership, are the challenging tasks which Peter Liddle sets himself in his new study of the campaign and the experience of the men who served in it.
GALLIPOLI EXPERIENCE RECONSIDERED In 1915 and in Retrospect
Gallipoli is generally regarded as one of the most disastrous failures of the Great War.In this centenary re-assessment, distinguished military historian Peter Liddle asks what fuelled and what drained the morale of the men who fought, and what were the lessons learned from the eight months that the campaign lasted.