In Australia and New Zealand the battles at Gallipoli in the First World War are regarded to have defined the Nations. Many books have been written on the subject, but none have been presented in the manner of The Anzac Legend. This is a unique graphic novel; and also a unique history book. The obvious difference between it and other histories is the graphic base to the story-telling. This makes it so much easier for the casual reader to understand where the action is taking place and how it relates to the rest of the battle. Many people have heard of Shrapnel Gully, the Lone Pine, Quinn's Post and Anzac Cove. But how did one relate to the other? What happened at these places to make them renowned? These locations and the fighting which occurred in their vicinity are clearly explained so that the reader gets a real appreciation of the entirety of the battle. The book tells the story of the events leading up to the landing; the landing itself and the Ottoman reaction. It then explains the battles that took place over the next week and a half as the Ottoman Armyattempted to quickly drive the invaders back into the sea. This book should not be approached as if it is a light read. There is so much detail and depth which makes it a perfect study tool, and presents many facts that hitherto have never been described outside the notebooks and diaries of Mr Charles Bean, Australia's primary military historian of World War 1. In the same way it is not merely a "dry" old history book full of dates and famous names. Many personal stories are told of ordinary soldiers, so the reader can follow their actions during the advances and retreats over the few days described.
"I am working on a new book for publication in the next months entitled "Dardanelles - Gallipoli." Searching for sources for that study I came across your book "The ANZAK Legend." At my request, a friend of mine from Australia has bought it from you last September and brought it to me (in Greece). I am now enjoying reading it. As a matter of fact I have visited the fighting places in Gallipoli and it is amazing how you captured the battle scenes, especially your drawings of maps are excellent. It is as if I am there, since I know the area, but I didn't understand until now the military manoeuvring along the hills of the peninsula. Now thanks to you and your pictorial work I have an accurate view of the whole thing. Your book is very helpful to me and I will include it in my references. So, I just wanted to say to you that I regard your work excellent for the student of that campaign." (Baron Tonis Breidel Hadjidemetriou, M.A., Ph.D)"I am astounded by the amount of detail and effort that has gone into the creation of this book. I am definitely going to push for a few class sets and I am also going to put a notice and link on the Department of Education - Humanities and Social Sciences forum so that other teachers are aware of the resource" (Joe Elsen; teacher )"Still have your graphic novel on my bedside table. Simply the best in genre." (Hugh Dolan; author, historian)"The Anzac Legend is an extremely well-researched illustrated graphic novel that describes the initial landing at Gallipoli." (Emmet O'Cuana; writer) "I must say that it looks like a terrific publication. Looking more closely through it .... I can appreciate the amount of work that went into it, and I think that final book as published looks very impressive and is a very worthwhile addition to the mounting documentation being published these days on the whole Gallipoli Campaign." (Colin Wilson; comic artist)"an impressive work .... by the end of the book I certainly had a far better understanding of the Gallipoli experience. If you are military minded and enjoy a fine-detailed look at a specific battle you may well enjoy it. Someone looking for a more basic overview may be better elsewhere." (Philip Bently; writer)
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 15th April 2017
Publisher: Wotsleft Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.86