Author(s): David W. Cameron
On the 25th of April 1915 Australian troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now called Anzac Cove. They rushed from the beach up to Plugge's Plateau into Australian military history suffering many casualties on the way. Just after midday troops from New Zealand landed at Gallipoli and together the Australians and New Zealanders created the Anzac legend. It was the events of this first day that set the course of the whole battle leading to the evacuation of the Anzac troops in December 1915. This is the story of that day telling the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish side of what was to become a tragedy for all three countries and an ultimate triumph for Turkey. It concludes with the visit of Charles Bean, the official Australian war correspondent, to the peninsula in 1919 as part of the Australian Historical mission to organise the burial of the dead that had lain exposed to the elements for the last four years, and to the formation of the cemeteries that are today visited by thousands.
A detailed account of the first day of the Gallipoli landing by the ANZACs The only book, among the many on the subject, which concentrates on just the first day of the battle Describes how the Anzacs lost the battle for the high ground and how the Turks set the scene for their ultimate victory Presents a detailed account of the battle from the Turkish side Split into two - the first half of the book deals with what happened to the Australians and Turks between 3am and 12.30pm The New Zealanders landed just after midday and much of the second half deals with them and how they held the northern ANZAC flank CATEGORY: History/Military
Dr David Cameron is a biological anthropologist who has written several books. In early 2003 he conducted a preliminary survey of the Anzac Gallipoli battlefields and held numerous discussions with Turkish and Australian government officials about conservation issues relating to the Anzac area. He became interested in the actual landing and decided to write this book.