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 [amazon_link id=”1853266752″ target=”_blank” ]Gallipoli[/amazon_link], first published in 1956. He’s a terrific writer. There’s the [amazon_link id=”1845133919″ target=”_blank” ]Desert War Trilogy[/amazon_link], and I enjoyed [amazon_link id=”1840246677″ target=”_blank” ]The Villa Diana[/amazon_link] hugely too. The other must-read among old books is Paul Fussell’s [amazon_link id=”0199971951″ target=”_blank” ]The Great War and Modern Memory[/amazon_link]. I’ve not yet read any of the new crop of books but will definitely read Margaret Macmillan’s [amazon_link id=”184668272X” target=”_blank” ]The War That Ended Peace[/amazon_link] this summer.
[amazon_image id=”1853266752″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Gallipoli (Wordsworth Military Library)[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0199971951″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Great War and Modern Memory[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”184668272X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War[/amazon_image]
Agreed, Moorehead was a fine writer. Back in the 50’s I was with 7 Armd Div on the GOC’s staff. One of our party tricks was to move the whole lot, three brigades plus many others, around 15,000, plus full kit ready for ops in one hour flat to be on the road. Who needs modern management theory?