Gardens of Hell

Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915-1916

Patrick Gariepy

One of the most tragic follies of modern warfare was the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. Begun in February 1915 with a failed month-long naval attack on Turkey in the Dardanelles Straits, a combined force of British, Australian, New Zealand, Indian, and French troops invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula two months later.
Publication date:
May 2014
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781612346830

Dimensions : 230 X 150 mm
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£20.99

Overview
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• Examines the human side of one of the great tragedies of modern warfare, the Gallipoli campaign of WW I.

One of the most tragic follies of modern warfare was the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. Begun in February 1915 with a failed month-long naval attack on Turkey in the Dardanelles Straits, a combined force of British, Australian, New Zealand, Indian, and French troops invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula two months later. After eleven months of crushing losses, Allied soldiers were forced to evacuate, their mission deemed hopeless. Indeed it had been hopeless from the start.

In the eleven months of this doomed campaign, 42,000 British and Dominion servicemen lost their lives; an additional 20,000 Frenchmen were killed, and 65,000 Turks died defending their country. In Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915-16, Patrick Gariepy shares the human side of the campaign, told in the men's own words. Collected from diaries and letters and from the stories that were passed down through families over the generations, these firsthand accounts provide heartfelt—if unpleasant—testimony of a hopeless campaign fought by men beholden to a series of political alliances that few knew anything about. Such an approach offers not the story of battles as seen from the generals'or politicians' points of view, but the poignant firsthand accounts of the fury, terror, and grief experienced by the men who fought those battles. Gardens of Hell is a sensitive acknowledgement of the enormous human cost of military folly and failure.

REVIEWS

I do not hesitate to recommend it. The author has found a very simple way to tell a complicated story with a great deal of style
War History Online

Examining the human side of one of the greatest tragedies of modern warfare, Gariepy pieces together the battles of the Gallipoli Campaign in the combatants" own words.
Military History Monthly

...we have here yet another book on the campaign of 1915, a book that deserves a place on every members bookshelves. Not just for the history so brilliantly described but as a tribute to those who served and toiled and often died on the Peninsula, whose stories are for the most part never heard. Also as an inspiration to readers, that they might too be encouraged to research their own local Gallipoli casualties from almost a century ago.
The Gallipoli Association