Gallipoli. Virtually unheard of prior to 1915, the very name of the Turkish peninsula bordering the Dardanelles - the narrow waterway linking the Mediterranean with the Black Sea - now conjures up visions of privation and hardship and death which even surpass the horrors of the trench warfare on the Western Front.
The barren landscape - of no value itself other than for its command of the seaway - was the backdrop to an horrific campaign between April 1915 and January 1916 in which upwards of 100,000 men lost their lives. For the Allies it was a battle fought in vain for the invasion forces were withdrawn for no gain, but for the Turkish Army it was a marvellous victory in what they refer to as their Canakkale War.
Steve Newman has visited Gallipoli several times in his study of the campaign and spent a strenuous ten days on the peninsula in June 1999 to take the comparisons in a temperature of over 100 degrees!
Gallipoli : Then and Now provides a unique link between past and present; from one century to the next; that the deeds of those whose bones lie buried in a foreign field shall not be forgotten.
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: After the Battle
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.6 x 21.6 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 1.229