Fatal Charge at Gallipoli, The Story of the Bravest, and Most Futile, Actions of the Dardanelles Campaign: The Light Horse at the Nek, August 1915

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Gallipoli was a campaign that has been condemned as a useless waste of lives and resources in a war that is generally regarded as a costly battle of attrition. For any one action at Gallipoli to be seen as a significant disaster, it had to be unusually costly and pointless. The author ably sets out the action of the Light Horse at Nek and provides a balanced account with a good photo plate section in support. Recommended.

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NAME: Fatal Charge at Gallipoli, The Story of the Bravest, and Most Futile, Actions of the Dardanelles Campaign: The Light Horse at the Nek, August 1915
DATE: 151115
FILE: R2239
AUTHOR: John Hamilton
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 280
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: The Great War, WWI, World War One, First World War, Gallipoli, Nek, Light Cavalry, Trench warfare, machine guns
ISBN: 978-1-84832-902-7
IMAGE: B2239.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Gallipoli was a campaign that has been condemned as a useless waste of lives and resources in a war that is generally regarded as a costly battle of attrition. For any one action at Gallipoli to be seen as a significant disaster, it had to be unusually costly and pointless. The author ably sets out the action of the Light Horse at Nek and provides a balanced account with a good photo plate section in support. Recommended.

Gallipoli is a strange campaign that followed a good naval reconnaissance exercise that should perhaps have been left at that. In the event, a Government and military desperately looking for a positive campaign to set against the increasingly costly Western Front battles, Gallipoli looked like a soft opportunity. There then followed a series of mistakes and command failures that turned a possibly fruitful campaign into an unwinnable exercise in futility. At this point the commanders were in denial, and the campaign continued beyond the point where withdrawal should have been undertaken. The result is that a succession of courageous actions by British troops led to nothing but high casualties were suffered and much of those were borne by the Australian troops who made a large percentage of the British force. The Light Cavalry at Nek, in many respects, compare with the charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War.

Light cavalry traditionally provided the scouts for an army searching for the enemy. They were fast, lightly armed and ideally suited to a war of movement. They were also suitable for lightning charges, as in the Crimea, to take the enemy by surprise and disable gun batteries. In the Crimean War the British Light Brigade came very close to success and the real failure was to back up the charge and exploit its opportunity. All those decades later, the Australian soldiers of the Third Light Horse never really stood a chance. They provided unmissable targets for the Turkish machine guns and were mowed down before they even reached the Turkish trench line. It was one of those horrendous military failures that saw the greatest gallantry, for the least result.

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