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.
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 IMAGE: B2606.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y9om4suq LINKS: 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.