The Struggle for the Dardanelles, The Memoirs of a German Staff Officer in Ottoman Service

This is a rare insight into the German perspective of the Gallipoli Campaign. The author is providing a first hand account of his impressions and understanding of the Campaign – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: The Struggle for the Dardanelles, The Memoirs of a German 
Staff Officer in Ottoman Service
FILE: R2606
AUTHOR: Major Erich Prigge, editor/translator Philip Rance
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  319
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Turkey, Ottoman Empire, Dardanelles, Bospherous, invasion, 
amphibious landings, trench warfare, Britain, Commonwealth, German 
Army

ISBN: 1-78303-045-3

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DESCRIPTION: This is a rare insight into the German perspective of 
the Gallipoli Campaign. The author is providing a first hand account 
of his impressions and understanding of the Campaign  – 
Highly Recommended.

The Gallipoli landings and subsequent campaign have always been 
controversial. Initial Royal Navy probing of the waters around 
Turkey gave reasonable grounds for the planning of a landing with 
a view to taking Turkey out of the war and opening a reliable warm 
water route to support the Russians. However, Britain was not in 
a position to provide all of the ships, equipment and men necessary 
to ensure a successful landing and breakout from the beaches. The 
result was that a withdrawal became necessary and Churchill 
resigned from office. Over the years there have been many studies 
of the Campaign and most have focused on the most negative aspects, 
but from a British or Commonwealth point of view. 

This book is fascinating and is a lively account by a German staff 
officer who was closely involved in the logistics and deployments 
for the Ottoman forces. He has packed his memoirs with information, 
providing great detail and it is easy to understand why the Turks 
asked the Germans to suppress the first edition of the memoirs that 
was released while the fighting was still continuing. It would have 
been of enormous assistance to the British and Commonwealth troops. 
This book is the revised edition with an amount of detail 
suppressed, but it still provides a remarkable amount of information.

Anyone who has read anything on the Gallipoli Campaign should read 
this work. It will be invaluable to enthusiasts and historians and 
casts some published histories in a new light.