Academic journal article Military Review

Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs

Academic journal article Military Review

Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs

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GALLIPOLI The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs Richard Van Emden and Stephen Chambers, Bloomsbury USA, New York, 2015, 344 pages

This is a collaborative effort between Richard Van Emden, a well-published British author, historian, and filmmaker whose focus has been the Great War, and Stephen Chambers, a military historian and author whose focus has been the Gallipoli Campaign. In Gallipoli, they use their tremendous knowledge and expertise to bring to light the story of the Gallipoli Campaign as seen through the eyes of the participants of both sides. Source material for this well-researched book includes published and unpublished memoirs, diaries, magazines, museum materials, other Gallipoli books, and a large amount of archived material.

Well written and logical, Gallipoli is relatively free of difficult military language and detail, and it does not require a detailed understanding of the campaign or World War I to understand the events relayed by the authors. This book is for World War I enthusiasts, novice and scholar alike, as well as military professionals interested in the impacts of strategic and operational decisions on the men and women who will execute them.

The books structure is an intricate weave of firsthand accounts connected by the authors narratives in a chronological event sequence. Along with the first-hand accounts, generally from company-grade officers and enlisted soldiers, is a tremendous number of photographs that lend great support to the readers understanding of the participants. …

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