Battleground Gallipoli by Nigel Steel PDF

By Nigel Steel

Gallipoli tells of the disastrous crusade at Gallipoli in 1915 whilst the allies did not knock Turkey out of the conflict. With then and now photos the publication presents designated ancient descriptions of the world and the occasions, all of with a view to entice the armchair historian and the intrepid customer to the websites. it is going to end up an integral better half.

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The author – then and now! (1988/1998) INTRODUCTION For seventy years after the end of the fierce fighting that took place there, Gallipoli remained an exquisitely beautiful place. Enveloped by an air of tragic loneliness, the battlefields seemed overwhelmingly sad. Writing in 1956 Alan Moorehead, the first modern historian of the campaign, observed that, The cemeteries at Gallipoli are unlike those of any other battlefield in Europe…. In winter moss and grass cover the ground, and in summer a thick carpet of pine needles deadens the footfall.

The spit of heavy rocks that ran out into the sea towards the site of the River Clyde, having stood its ground against the sea for years, has now all but disappeared. It may be that the stones have been buried beneath the Mocamp or that they have been conscripted into the regimented borders of the nearby gardens; it really does not matter. The simple fact is they have gone. With them too has gone the peaceful beauty of the beach; the calm serenity and reassurance of the sea that used to hang like a mantle over the sand.

Men in the boats who were hit tried to get away from the hail of lead by getting out of the boats on the far side in order to keep out of sight, thus getting the boat between them and the shore. There were four or five boats along the shore at intervals broadside to it, and behind each of them were four or five men who had been hit. Some were holding on to the gunwales and others were hanging on with their arms through the ropes which are looped round the boats so as to prevent themselves sinking in the water which was up to their waists.

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