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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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Gallipoli revisited

This account is very readable. It encompasses more than just the months at Gallipoli but the also the history before the campaign so gives the reader a more balanced understanding. I especially liked how both the Anzac and Turkish viewpoints were given to present the whole account rather than just the Anzac viewpoint. The follow up of the chief personalities also gives closure for what happened to each person after campaign ended.

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A gripping account - a big book full of detail.

Having had a Great Uncle who fought at Gallipoli in the ANZACS, I only wish I had been able to listen to this book before I did my Kiwi pilgrimage to the sites mentioned in the book. Very moving as it was. Well written and pulls no punches as to where the blame lay.

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Slow Moving. Hard to stay Interested in this form

I'm a big fan of the Peter Fitzsimons and Robert Meldrum team but this book failed to capture my imagination and interest. This was a pitty because this story is such an important one to be told over and over again. I have found other formats around the legend of Gallipoli more engaging and interesting.

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Entertaining listen on a tough subject

Purchased this book before heading to Gallipoli this year. Like other Peter FitzSimons books it is certainly easy to ready although maybe a little light on the detail and facts that other authors have focused on. Given I have done plenty of reading on the Gallipoli story I found this book easy to listen to with a strong story line to keep people interested throughout.

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amazing

Can't stand Fitzsimmons in day to day life....but oh my god the man can write, this book was amazing and it is his ability to tell the story in a detail and style that is so informative but also so entertaining....this is a classic..

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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.
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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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Masterfully written, beautifully read.

This book will reward the reader with the glory and the horror as well as the facts that surrounds the legend of gallipoli.


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Amazingly detailed

This was a remarkable example of well researched and carefully articulated text. Very well done indeed

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An Australian History must read

What a fascinating piece of Australian and British empire history. was a great insight into the front line experience

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  • JT Hope
  • 15-04-2015

An excellent account!

Well, researched, well written. An in-depth look into the Gallipoli campaign, from the perspective of the Anzacs, Turks, as well as the British. I highly recommend it.

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  • Tom
  • 23-11-2017

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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  • Steen
  • 30-08-2017

Fantastic book. Anzac

What a great story, but what a waste of life.
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  • Lee
  • 25-05-2016

Like Lambs to the Slaughter

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I don't normally listen to books over 20 hours in length because I find myself losing interest. Not the case with this book. I finished it over a five day period and found myself disappointed that it was over. It is an incredible story, Sure, there have been tons of books on this campaign, but I found this one to be among the best. The author did an excellent job working personal accounts in with the overall history. I also enjoyed the Ottoman perspective as well. It gave a much richer picture of what happened.

One of my favorite individuals in this tale, surprisingly, was Mustafa Kemal (later to be known as Ataturk). His statement to his men "I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die" should go down in history as one of the greatest quotes of all time. He seemed to know exactly what to do at decisive points in the battle, unlike some of the Allied Commanders.

The author's description of Cairo and its environs is rich indeed and one could close their eyes and imagine themselves there as the narrator describes it. Great non-fiction should, like great fiction, be able to paint a picture of what is going on. The author definitely accomplishes that. Perhaps that is why some of the best history is written by journalists rather than historians. The former know how to tell a story.

If you have even a casual interest in The Great War, get this book. Today.

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  • Michael
  • 08-08-2015

Must read for every Anzac descendant

Peter makes history come to life in such a way that captures one from beginning to end.
Gallipoli is such a big part of every Kiwi or Aussies' upbringing and finally I now feel I understand what is behind it all.
Every young person should take the time to read or listen to this book.
Thanks Peter for bringing to life for me.

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  • A. V. James
  • 22-07-2015

brilliant and stirring

should be compulsory reading for all Australian children. i really enjoyed the book and while at first I was unsure of the narrator i really thought it was read really well. highly recommended.

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  • Sean
  • 11-06-2015

My first audiobook experience

I've always struggled to finish books because I am a slow reader who tends to re-read the same paragraphs over and over again.

I could not have hoped for a better introduction to audiobooks, it truly was a great experience with the superb narration and amazing level of detail expertly told in a way that was not overwhelming and helped paint a very vivid image.

I thought I knew a fair bit about Gallipoli but Peter showed me that I had only scratched the surface. This should be compulsory for all Australians to listen to.

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  • Daryl
  • 20-03-2015

Terrific WWI Narrative

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Definitely! I know many who are greatly interested in WWI history, and this book is a comprehensive look at Gallipoli. In my part of the world, much is made of the Canadian involvement in WWI itself, but I had only heard of Gallipoli and Anzac Day from Australian novels that I have read.
The performance was also welcome. It was neither monotone nor over-dramatic, and I do hope to check out more from Mr. Meldrum.

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Don't let the length of this book deter you! It is a highly compelling, well-rounded narrative, by turns personal and universal. Well worth the read!

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  • Deidre
  • 15-02-2015

Great listen

Very reflecting on the entire campaign, its obvious the controversy of the the British parliment and generals still hangs its head in intollerable bad tactics and judgements.

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  • Labor Lawyer
  • 01-02-2015

Excellent highly readable narrative.

Relaxed, almost diary style with very personal focus on individual stories and a hell of a lot of Aussie spirit.

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  • greg archer
  • 03-05-2015

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...
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