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Gallipoli : A Ridge Too Far - Ashley Ekins


A Ridge Too Far

By: Ashley Ekins (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2015
ISBN: 9781921966934
Number Of Pages: 336

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A special single limited edition with only 100 copies being produced. Each copy is individually signed and numbered by Ashley Ekins, Head of the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial. Leather Bound with the tile and Australian War Memorial logo embossed in gold and a ribbon to mark your page of interest. Each book is individually packaged in their own carton. This is truly a collector’s edition of this fascinating book.

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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. This new book about the Gallipoli battles arises out of a major international conference at the Australian War Memorial in 2010 to mark the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. The conference drew leading military historians from around the world to bring multi-national viewpoints to the many intriguing questions still debated about Gallipoli. Keynote speaker, Professor Robin Prior of the University of Adelaide, author of Gallipoli: the end of the myth (2009), led a range of international authorities from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, India and Turkey to present their most recent research findings. The result was significant: never before had such a range of views been presented, with fresh German and Turkish perspectives offered alongside those of British and Australasian historians. For the resulting book, the papers have been edited and the text has been augmented with soldiers' letters and diary accounts, as well as a large number of photographs and maps.

Preface Contributors Gallipoli strengths and casualties Maps and tables Notes on measurements and Turkish names Chronology of the Gallipoli campaign Introduction: '... the most ghastly and costly fiasco' Ashley Ekins

Part 1: Strategies and plans 1. The hand of history - Robin Prior 2. The August offensives in British Imperial Grand Strategy - Stephen Badsey 3. A ridge too far: the obstacles to allied victory - Ashley Ekins

Part 2: The Anzac Breakout battles 4. By bomb and bayonet: the attacks from Lone Pine to the Nek - Peter Burness 5. 'I thought I could command men': Monash and the assault on Hill 971 - Peter Pedersen 6. 'From the uttermost ends of the earth': the New Zealand battle for Chunuk Bair - John Tonkin-Covell

Part 3: Enemies and allies 7. 'There will be no retreating': Turkish soldiers' reactions to the August offensive - Kenan Celik 8. 'Only 1 per cent of our own strength': German military command in the Gallipoli campaign and the impact of the Ottoman alliance on German strategy - Holger Afflerbach 9. 'No room for any lapses in concentration;: Ottoman commanders; responses to the August offensive - Harvey Broadbent 10. The French on Gallipoli and observations on Australian and British forces during the August offensive - Elizabeth Greenhalgh and Colonel Frederic Guelton 11. Their mercenary calling: the Indian army on Gallipoli, 1915 - Rana Chhina 12. Supplying the offensive: the role of allied logistics - Rhys Crawley

Part 4: Legacies 13. Walking the ground: Gallipoli revisited, 1919 - Janda Gooding 14. Gallipoli: foreshadowing future conflicts - Robert O'Neill

Notes Suggested further reading Index

ISBN: 9781921966934
ISBN-10: 1921966939
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st April 2015
Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 18.4  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Type: Edition with numbered copies

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