Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign

Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign

Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign

Gardens of Hell: Battles of the Gallipoli Campaign


Gardens of Hell examines the human side of one of the great tragedies of modern warfare, the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War. In February 1915, beginning with a naval attack on Turkey in the Dardanelles, a combined force of British, Australian, New Zealand, Indian, and French troops invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula only to face crushing losses and an ignominious retreat from what seemed a hopeless mission. Both sides in the battle suffered huge casualties, with a combined 127,000 servicemen killed during the action.

Patrick Gariepy has pieced together the battle from combatants' own words. Drawn from diaries and letters and from stories passed down through generations of families, these firsthand accounts offer an honest, heartfelt, and sometimes painful testimony to a doomed campaign fought by the men who lived through the fury, terror, and grief that was Gallipoli. Gardens of Hell is a sensitive acknowledgment of the enormous human cost of military folly and failure.


Personally I think Churchill ought to be shot.
—Lt. F. A. Yeo, No. 4 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service Armoured
Car Detachment, Dardanelles, May 20, 1915

World War I was a war of alliances that began decades before, out of fears that the great nations of Europe would begin attacking one another. It was sparked by the assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo. The gunshot that felled this one man has come to be called the “shot heard ’round the world.”

The war was fought in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East as well as the world’s oceans and in the air. But how did a conflict that was fought primarily in western and eastern Europe spread to Turkey—the Ottoman Empire—a country that wished to remain neutral? Quite simply, two of the conflict’s greatest protagonists, Great Britain and Germany, pushed Turkey into it.

Much has been written about the war and the events leading up to it. The facts important to this story are that two alliances faced off against each other. The Central Powers, Germany and the AustroHungarian Empire, were later joined by Turkey and Bulgaria and were the aggressors. Against it was the Triple Entente made up of . . .

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