Gallipoli: Great Battles Series

Hardcover | August 23, 2015

byJenny Macleod

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The British-led Mediterranean Expeditionary Force that attacked the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli in 1915 was a multi-national affair, including Australian, New Zealand, Irish, French, and Indian soldiers. Ultimately a failure, the campaign ended with the withdrawal of the Allied forces afterless than nine months and the unexpected victory of the Ottoman armies and their German allies.In Britain, the campaign led to the removal of Churchill from his post as First Lord of the Admiralty and the abandonment of the plan to attack Germany via its "soft underbelly" in the East. Thereafter, it was largely forgotten on a national level, commemorated only in specific localities linked tothe campaign. In post-war Turkey, by contrast, the memory of Gallipoli played an important role in the formation of a Turkish national identity, celebrating both the ordinary soldier and the genius of the republic's first president, Mustafa Kemal. The campaign served a similarly important formativerole in both Australia and New Zealand, where it is commemorated annually on Anzac Day. For the southern Irish, meanwhile, the bitter memory of service for the King in a botched campaign was forgotten for decades. Shaped initially by the imperatives of war-time, and the needs of the grief-stricken and the bereft, the memory of Gallipoli has been re-made time and again over the last century. For the Turks an inspirational victory, for many on the Allied side a glorious and romantic defeat, for others still anepisode best forgotten, "Gallipoli" has meant different things to different people, serving by turns as an occasion of sincere and heartfelt sorrow, an opportunity for separatist and feminist protest, and a formative influence in the forging of national identities.

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The British-led Mediterranean Expeditionary Force that attacked the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli in 1915 was a multi-national affair, including Australian, New Zealand, Irish, French, and Indian soldiers. Ultimately a failure, the campaign ended with the withdrawal of the Allied forces afterless than nine months and the unexpected victo...

Jenny Macleod is a Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History at the University of Hull, having previously worked at the University of Edinburgh and King's College, London. A graduate of Edinburgh and Pembroke College, Cambridge. She is the co-founder of the International Society for First World War Studies and an associate editor of its ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:August 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019964487X

ISBN - 13:9780199644872

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Introduction1. Origins2. Invasion3. Stalemate4. Australia and the Civil Religion of Anzac5. New Zealand and Anzac6. Britain and Ireland: Gallipoli Day or Anzac Day?7. Turkey and 18th MarchConclusionFurther ReadingNotesIndex