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On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail.
Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire. But, counter-intuitively, it would signify something perhaps even greater for the defeated Australians and New Zealanders involved: the birth of their countries' sense of nationhood.
Now approaching its centenary, the Gallipoli campaign, commemorated each year on Anzac Day, reverberates with importance as the origin and symbol of Australian and New Zealand identity. As such, the facts of the battle – which was minor against the scale of the First World War and cost less than a sixth of the Australian deaths on the Western Front – are often forgotten or obscured. Peter FitzSimons, with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research, recreates the disaster as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt.
©2014 Peter FitzSimons (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Tom on 11-23-17

A must read.

I laughed. I cried. Essential reading for any Australian on the futility and stupidity of the Gallipoli campaign.

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By Steen on 08-30-17

Fantastic book. Anzac

What a great story, but what a waste of life.
Stupid rule, that I had to use 15 caracters for a headline

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By greg archer on 05-03-15

FitzSimons is Superb. So is this book.....

Amazing story, Amazing deeds, superbly told with typical ANZAC / FitzSimons humour in Places.
Hard to put it down, Superb.
Like Tobruk, this book makes you love the Auzzies...
Greg Archer.
U.K.

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By Amy Schumacher on 09-26-17

Gallipoli

The whole story was well written and well told,i know a lot more about our struggle at Gallipoli ,the horrors and the sacrifice,showed by all.
A must listen.

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By Anonymous User on 08-23-17

An amazing historical account

I found out lots of information about Gallipoli that I never knew. Parts of this book actually made me cry.

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