Battlefield Detectives: The Gallipoli Disaster

Battlefield Detectives: The Gallipoli DisasterThe largest amphibious assault, it became the most public disaster of the Allied campaign in WWI, destroyed reputations including those of Churchill and Kitchener, and created a war hero for the Turks, Kemal Ataturk, who went on to found modern Turkey. Military historians have consistently represented the Gallipoli disaster as the result of commander incompetence. But we will tell a different story.

The campaign was in fact doomed to failure from the moment it landed – for geographical reasons. No amount of inspired leadership could change this. The irony is that the scientific experts warned the Allied leadership that any assault on Gallipoli was ill-judged – they were ignored.

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