The Gallipoli Landing of 25 April 1915 is arguably Australia's best known battle. It is commemorated each year with a national holiday, services, parades and great media attention. 2015, the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, was marked by great publicity and the release of many books, articles, films, documentaries and television series. Despite this attention, the Landing is still a poorly understood battle, with the historiography coloured by a century of misinformation, assumption, folklore and legend.
About the Author
Dr James Hurst is the author of Game to the Last, the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, May 2005, now in its third printing with Big Sky Publishing. He has written many articles published in journals and newspapers, and presented papers on the Gallipoli Campaign and other aspects of military history in Australia, Canada and Turkey. James was awarded his PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra, for his doctoral thesis `Dissecting a Legend, Reconstructing the Landing at Anzac, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915' in 2014. He previously earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology, from the University of Western Australia. James was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and graduated from Hale School.
In his younger years he spent three years in Britain and one in Washington State, USA, while his father conducted specialist medical research. James has visited Gallipoli eight times for research purposes and is currently working on a book covering the experience of the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards at the battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815. He resides in Adelaide, South Australia, with his wife and daughter.