The heroic and tragic Gallipoli campaign of 1915 has become a touchstone of Australasian pride and a milestone in the development of Australia and New Zealand as independent nations. This vivid account, published within months of the action, is a journalist’s record of the operations around the Dardanelles based on hundreds of interviews with wounded survivors of the campaign that he conducted in London hospitals. The Anzacs bore the brunt of the savage fighting for the Gallipoli peninsula for five desperate months, suffering 25,000 casualties in the course of it. Buley’s book covers the enlistment of the Anzacs in their native lands; their training; arrival in Egypt; the landings at Anzac Cove, Suvla Bay and other hotly contested points of the campaign. Though unashamedly Gung-ho in praise of the Australasians, he pays a tribute to the fighting qualities of the Turkish enemy. No student of Gallipoli and the Great War should miss this dramatic account.
GLORIOUS DEEDS OF AUSTRALASIANS IN THE GREAT WAR
As the title indicates, this is a contemporary account of the Gallipoli campaign written by a journalist within months of the action, and based on hundreds of interviews with wounded Anzac veterans. No student of what the author calls the tragic and heroic Dardanelles ‘adventure’ should miss this book.