It was an adventure to die for. A daring attempt to force the Dardanelles and capture the Turkish capital Constantinople. For the Allies it was the Trojan War and crusade combined. Once again Europe would prevail over an ancient enemy.
History records otherwise. The Gallipoli Campaign was to become one of the most savagely contested for the First World War and end in defeat and controversy. Over 400 000 Allied troops were killed and wounded as the Peninsula became a killing ground as deadly as any on the Western Front.
The raging battles of the landing, the defeats at Krithia and on the Suvla plain, the desperate Australian assaults on Lone Pine and the Nek, the heroism of the Gurkhas at Sari Bair, and of the New Zealanders at Chunuk Bair resonate down the years in many nations.
Written by Harvey Broadbent, a leading authority, Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore situates this remarkable story within its multinational context. Illustrated with over 100 photographs and artworks form collections in Australia, Britain, New Zealand and Turkey, this is a fascinating insight into the campaign in which national identity was forged.
'A balanced, highly informed, simply but very well written account.' The Age
'An expert and realistic picture of a young nation battered but matured by its first war experience.' Canberra Time
'A beautifully produced book, about a subject that has surely become one of the defining points in our history.'
NSW Premier's History Prize
Shortlisted • 2006 • Australian History Prize