Category Archives: Gallipoli

A Rose for the Anzac Boys

In A Rose for the Anzac Boys  Jackie French vividly depicts the horror and heartbreak of battle at the Western Front during WWI. While not glorifying the violence, she doesn’t compromise at all with the gruesome truth of it. The … Continue reading

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Gallipoli, Peter Fitzsimons

Peter Fitzsimons’ book is probably the Gallipoli account I should have read first. It covers the major aspects of the Gallipoli campaign, from its planning, through the battles and then on to the evacuation that brought it to an end. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Cobber God Bless You, by John Hamilton

“Goodbye Cobber, God bless you”, are the last recorded words of Trooper Harold Rush prior to him being sent to an inevitable death in the battle of the Nek. That battle occurred 100 years (and a few days) ago and … Continue reading

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The Other Anzacs, by Peter Rees

The Other Anzacs is the story of some of the ANZAC heroes of World War 1, who weren’t given the official recognition they deserved. They are the nurses who travelled across half the world to do what they could for … Continue reading

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The Price of Valour, by John Hamilton

The latest book in my Gallipoli quest is Price of Valour, a biography about Hugo Throssell VC. Throssell, had survived some of the worst parts of the Gallipoli campaign. He was one of the few to live through the suicidal … Continue reading

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A Chaplain at Gallipoli

John Masefield, mentioned in an earlier post could have been describing a different war to the one witnessed by Kenneth Best. Best clearly writes from personal experience, while to me, Masefield’s account of Gallipoli seems to lack the authenticity that … Continue reading

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Gallipoli and the Anzacs

In 1915 British and French naval forces tried to force a way through the Dardanelles Strait, into the Sea of Marmara and then onwards to Constantinople, intending to end Turkey’s involvement in the war (WWI). Their ships found too much … Continue reading

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