Gallipoli by Les CarlyonBecause it was fought so close to his old home ground, Homer might have seen this war on the Gallipoli Peninsula as an epic. Brief by his standards, but essentially heroic. Shakespeare might have seen it as a tragedy with splendid bit-parts for buffoons and brigands and lots of graveyard scenes. Those thigh bones you occasionally see rearing out of the yellow earth of Gully ravine, snapped open so that they look like pumice, belong to a generation of young men who on this peninsula first lost their innocence and then their lives, and maybe something else as well...
Gallipoli remains one of the most poignant battlefronts of the First World War and L. A. Carlyons monumental account of that campaign has been rightfully acclaimed and a massive bestseller in Australia. Brilliantly told, supremely readable and deeply moving, Gallipoli brings this epic tragedy to life and stands as both a landmark chapter in the history of the war and a salutary reminder of all that is fine and all that is foolish in the human condition.
Gallipoli: a quick guide to frequently asked questions and general information
But did you know Attila the Hun invaded the same peninsula nearly years earlier? Historians still dispute whether the ANZACs landed at the wrong beach, or whether the location of the landing was changed at the last minute to preserve secrecy. Jack Simpson and his legendary donkey passed into Australian folklore during the Gallipoli campaign. Simpson was actually an Englishman who signed up in Australia in the hope of being posted back to Britain so he could see his mother. Instead, he found himself on the beaches of Gallipoli on April 25 and was shot in the back and killed by machine gun fire less than a month later.
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The Allies wildly underestimated their enemies. Its reputation was so bad, in fact, that the British and their main allies, the French, half-thought they would cause the government to collapse simply by showing up. - Ottoman Empire: 56, killed 97, wounded or injured 11, missing or PoW 69, evacuated sick  21, died of disease .
The British had contributed , in the battle for Gallipoli with The French were next most numerous in total numbers and in casualties. The Anzacs lost 8, men in Gallipoli and a further 18, were wounded. The Aim. The losses on the Western Front in the early months of war in and were far higher than each warring nation had anticipated.