Leslie Allen “Les” Carlyon AC, is an Australian writer, who was born in northern Victoria in The book was the basis for the Australian TV miniseries Gallipoli, released in the year of the th anniversary of the campaign. His The. The definitive work and national bestseller”The book of the year” Alan Ramsey, Sydney Morning HeraldLes Carlyon’s Gallipoli is the epic story of the fighting. Booktopia has Gallipoli, Centenary Edition by Les Carlyon. Buy a discounted Hardcover of Gallipoli online from Australia’s leading online bookstore.

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Carlyon draws mostly on diaries, letters and memoirs from the participants. Another conflict that shaped our world nearly a century ago.

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Yet he made no attempt to develop new tactics, spending most of his time afloat. It wasn’t only the British leadership who bungled; it wasn’t only the Australian and New Zealand troops who were heroic and cheerfully stoic.

This turns out to be an absorbing and fairly easy-to-read history of the campaign.

He seems to have been too kind in his leadership and too lenient in letting blundering by his subordinate commanders continue into disasters. Taking those figures into consideration you get an idea of why WW1 and particular Gallipoli means so much to many Australians.

He was there as a volunteer fighter, part of the 14th Battalion force under the command of Colonel John Monash. Conveys the feelings of adventure, patriotism sometimes blindterror and surprise. One of the things that does was a famous brigadier called Pompey Elliott, who, er An odd pes for a pacifist to curl up with, I suppose, but it’s a well written and clear-eyed account of the fascinating, heart-breaking Dardanelles campaign.

The author Carylon fulfills these goals with great expertise of research and writing caflyon.

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Otto Liman von Sanders, the crafty and cantankerous Prussian commander of the Ottoman 5th Army in the war. I think that anyone interested in WWI at all needs to have this book on their list of must reads. His “excess of imagination” together with the “fatal power of a young enthusiasm” saw Cwrlyon as “something that would put him in the history books”.


Makes the battle come alive.

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The Lez captain with me said: Let s not either, forget the response of our Australian politicians who true to the form of those who followed them, wanted to push the whole tragedy under the carpet lest it interrupt their plans to funnel yet more lives into the maw of the western front in support of their precious ideals of empire.

And, of course, what became apparent is you had, catlyon Australia, a new country, it wasn’t very old – the country itself, as a nation, was only 14 years old.

At a ceasefire to allow retrieval of the dead, a Turkish officer told a Brit one of this paradox they shared: Mar 16, Les rated it it was amazing. That acknowledged, one has to say that the plans for the August offensive …were too complex. It’s very focussed on the Australian and New Zealand experience of Gallipoli, but that’s ok, because it’s written by an Australian and everyone’s entitled to their own take on the experience, and the book is even handed carlyo the extreme.

He could easily have justified calling the attack off; the failure carlgon the first line proved the objective was unattainable.

The author describes the battle with such vivid tones that send your mind to wild images of the harsh struggles that the men experi Gallipoli, by Les Carlyon, describes the horrible battle from the perspective of the Australians.

On the seafront at South Shields is a little stone monument. Carlyon uses a lot of symbolism throughout the book that helps give you a solid idea of the suffering that these men went through.

This is a terrific synthesis and masterful narrative of a debacle of a high order in the early part of World War 1. But it was executed too slowly, giving the Turks enough time to beef up their artillery at the many small forts along the passage and bring in mobile howitzers. In hindsight, we want to ask why the War Council recognize the stalemate for what is was and pull out after the first month.


The invasion stalled on three beachheads almost immediately, due largely to shockingly bad leadership at most levels and never achieved even its initial objectives. Carylon feels they were ill used and their sacrifices a great shame. As a Pom, I wish I’d read it earlier because it gives not only a fascinating insight into the tragedy of this battlefield, but also into what we can call Australian popular culture. In fact, highly destructive firepower had been developed since the s and Hamilton had witnessed its effects during the Boer war.

He believed in the magnificent intangibles: Not part of the “club” that the high command belonged to, not averse to refusing a stupid oreder and fighting carlyoj his troops in the face of abysmal stupidity of higher commanders, who were never able kes take advantage of any of the opportunities bought so dearly with blood; the blood gaplipoli of our countrymen. After the failure of the August attacks, Ashmead-Burdett broke the chain of communications and voiced his despairing opinions about the futility of the whole campaign in a letter he wanted to convey to PM Asquith.

And what Ashmead-Bartlett wrote Aug 08, Trevor Hall rated it really liked it. And you got, on show, if you like, in war, this caflyon, because Australia had grown up entirely differently and with a slightly different set of values.

According to one survivor of the Gallipoli campaign, war produces two kinds of muddle: That’s why I came to this book. However Carlyon’s Gallipoli will reward those seeking an insight into a part of Australia’s history. To put it bluntly, its sounds like absolute hell. Mar 27, Steve Woods rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many aspects of the book, particularly the stories of the blunders made by the Allied High Command still make me shake my head even though I gallipoli read it all before.