Gallipoli is well known as one of the great disasters of the Great War. Now for the first time we can see just how bad it really was and why it all went wrong. Presenting more than 150 never-before-published photographs of the campaign, many taken by the soldiers themselves, together with unpublished written material from British, Anzac, French and Turkish, including eyewitness accounts of the landings, this is an unrivalled account of what really happened at Gallipoli.

Van Emden's gripping narrative and lucid analysis of Churchill's infamous operation, complements Chambers's evocative images, showing how the rapid spread of diseases like dissentry, the lack of clean water and food, the tremendous losses on both sides affected morale, until finally in January 1916, in what were the best-laid plans of the entire disastrous campaign, the Allies successfully fooled the Turkish forces and evacuated their troops from the peninsula with no additional casualties.

Leading First World War historian Richard van Emden and Gallipoli expert Stephen Chambers have produced an entirely fresh, personal and illuminating study of one of the Great War's most catastrophic events.

Book Reviews

"Combining previously unpublished photos and first-hand accounts, this is a haunting, humane look at a catastrophic World War I operation - the Gallipoli, or Dardanelles, Campaign - 100 years ago"
BBC History
"Handsome . Reproducing verbatim the testimony of combatants, from commanders down to a 15-year-old midshipman, alongside astonishing snapshots taken at the time. It is fascinating to have Turkish voices alongside British, Australian and New Zealand ones . These individual voices nevertheless provide an immediate and invaluable record of what it was like to participate in what the authors rightly call "the Dardanelles disaster"
"Of all the campaigns of the First World War, Gallipoli best justifies the poets' view of the conflict as futile and pitiless. Only a few miles were gained at the cost of 250,000 Allied soldiers. This oral history, illustrated by the soldiers' own photographs, argues that the humiliating evacuation was inevitable"
Sunday Telegraph
"[It is] wonderful good luck that so many soldiers wrote diaries, memoirs and letters. Equally valuable is that so many soldiers disobeyed orders and took cameras. Military authorities banned the possession of personal cameras. But many soldiers, particularly officers, disregarded the rules and the photographic archive from Gallipoli captures the horrors"
Irish Times
"A very poignant and moving account of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Well-crafted and put together and well worth a read."
D. Barlee
"One of the best books on Gallipoli Recommend it to anyone interested in the campaign."
S.N. Anthony
"great read for anyone interested in the Gallipoli campaign. The eye witness accounts are a true reflection of the horrors & hardships of the campaign and very moving."
A Gibbs
"This is an important book. The centenary of the Gallipoli campaign has already brought forward a number of new or reprinted works, new documentaries, television dramatisations and feature films. I don't expect any of those to achieve the impact of this book. If you're looking for a detailed analysis of the military context to the campaign, then Peter Hart's 'Gallipoli', in my view, has few peers. However, if you are interested to read more from those who served on the peninsula, to gain a greater understanding of just what it meant to participate in the fighting on the Gallipoli peninsula, this is the book for you. Richard van Emden and Stephen Chambers have succeeded splicing together some of the most powerful accounts you will read, so that whilst reading the book, the effect is gained of hearing the story of Gallipoli almost as a stream of consciousness (if that doesn't sound too pretentious). I had the feeling that I was hearing a group of men simply telling their stories. And what stories they have to tell us. If I had to pick one section of the book to illustrate why I think it represents a different experience, what makes this book stand out for me, is the treatment of the stories of Captain Albert Mure and Lieutenant Ibrahim Naci. The interweaving of the words of two men, one British, the other Turkish was beautifully managed. Yes, some people don't like oral history, effectively dismissing it as a mere assemblage of other men's words; history by copy-typists, not the real thing. But I defy anyone to read of the experiences outlined in this book and say that it has added nothing to our understanding of the campaign. This is an intensely personal - not maudlin - work that tells the reader just what it was like simply to survive on the peninsula. Works about the origins, myths and fate of the whole expedition will go on - and I will go on reading them – but I expect this work will last much longer in my memory. Why do I say that? Take the debate about whether the beaches were defended by machine-guns on the day of the landings, a subject that has caused intense controversy lately. I know where I stand on that but getting caught up in that kind of exchange rather misses the point, in my view. What does matter is given to us here in Petty Officer David Fyffe's account of watching the boats drift back from V Beach with their cargo of dead and dying men. That speaks to me rather more than arguments about whether that scene was caused by bullets fired from rifles or machine guns. Others may want more on strategy and tactics, on the personalities of the commanders. Well, there's no lack of choice out there. As I said at the beginning, this is an important book. I recommend it unreservedly."
Jim Grundy, WW1 Historian
"I have a keen interest in the Gallipoli campaign having visited the peninsular and family descendants who fought there. There are many books on the subject I have read a few and I am far from being an expert on the campaign. The book doesn't contain in-depth detail on the battles or opinions from both authors. It does contain an excellent amount of words and photographs from the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli from both sides. There are some photos I have seen before, other photos I have seen but from a different angle and many photos not seen before. The page after page of words from soldiers who were there says more than any photos could. This books captures plenty of photos and experiences in one place. I think people with an interest in the campaign to professors on the subject will appreciate the book for what it is - The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers Words and Photographs."
Ben Goddard, Gallipoli Association