Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far

Edited by Ashley Ekins (Head of Military History, AWM)

In early August 1915, after months of stalemate in the trenches on Gallipoli, British and Dominion troops launched a series of assaults in an all-out attempt to break the deadlock and achieve a decisive victory. The 'August offensive' resulted in heartbreaking failure and costly losses on both sides. Many of the sites of the bloody struggle became famous names: Lone Pine, the Nek, Chunuk Bair, Hill 60, Suvla Bay. Debate has continued to the present day over the strategy and planning, the real or illusory opportunities for success, and the causes of failure in what became the last throw of the dice for the Allies. Some argue that these costly attacks were a lost opportunity; others maintain that the outcomes were simply inevitable.

In this new book about the climactic battles, leading military historians from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, India and Turkey bring multi-national perspectives to the many intriguing questions that still overshadow Gallipoli. Their absorbing accounts are enhanced with extracts from soldiers' letters and diaries, and numerous photographs and maps. Hard cover, illustrated, 336 pages.

As reviewed in Wartime magazine issue 66 – the official magazine of the Australian War Memorial.


Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far