One of the most famous battles in history, Gallipoli forced Winston Churchill from office, established Turkey's iconic founder Mustafa Kemal ('Ataturk') and marked Australia's emergence as a nation in its own right. It had begun as a bold move led by the British to ultimately capture Constantinople. Historian Peter Hart's definitive new history explains that from the initial landings - which ended up with so much blood in the sea it could be seen from aircraft overhead - to the desperate attacks of early summer and the battle of attrition that followed, it was a lunacy that was never going to succeed.
Drawing on unpublished personal accounts by individuals at many levels and from all sides Peter Hart combines his trademark eye for vivid personal stories with a strong narrative to bring a modern view of this military disaster.
Hard cover, 608 pages.