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The Gallipoli campaign of World War I was a bold strategic move to capture the Ottoman Turkish capital of Istanbul, but things began to go wrong from the very start. Allied troops found the landing beaches heavily defended, and the fighting soon stalemated into a brutal battle of attrition in horrific conditions. It was only after eight months of heavy losses that the alli...more
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Published August 9th 2012 by Tales End Press (first published 1916)
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This was written in 1916. The beginning of the book discusses the terrain of the Peninsula of Gallipoli and the different areas where soldiers went ashore. I had never read much about the other groups who fought such as a division of French soldiers.

The description of the blizzard from November 26 -28th is horrific. Men fighting men and men fighting the weather, it is amazing that anyone survived.
Found this book to be a very interesting read. Having been written shortly after the battle, it gives a modern reader a different take on a battle which has today become synonymous with folly, tragedy, horror and futility.

Mansfield book is filled with the colorful language of glory and empire. No hard questions are asked and I found that at least for me the entire book was an effort of damage control or worse propaganda. You almost wonder if it was commissioned as such. This is of course why it...more
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Masefield was born in Ledbury, a rural area in England to George Masefield, a solicitor and Caroline. His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only 6 and he went to live with his aunt. His father died soon after. After an unhappy education at the King's School in Warwick (now known as Warwick School), where he was a boarder between 1888 and 1891, he left to board the HMS Conwa...more
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