It’s the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing – there will of course be four years’ worth of World War I centenary commemorations so next year brings the round number for this event. But listening to the reports this morning brought to mind the absolutely brilliant book by Alan Moorehead, just called Gallipoli, first published in 1956. He’s a terrific writer. There’s the Desert War Trilogy, and I enjoyed The Villa Diana hugely too. The other must-read among old books is Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory. I’ve not yet read any of the new crop of books but will definitely read Margaret Macmillan’s The War That Ended Peace this summer.
Gallipoli (Wordsworth Military Library) The Great War and Modern Memory The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War