On 15th April 1915, British and Dominion troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The
campaign which followed lasted over eight months and cost the terrible total of nearly half
a million Allied and Turkish casualties. The eventual failure of the Gallipoli campaign, after
heart-breaking opportunities had been missed, was a disastrous set-back to Allied hopes. It
remains one of the most engrossing and poignant tragedies in British military history.
In our new edition of this classic in military writing, Robert Rhodes James was one of the
first historians to work from the official archives and makes brilliant use of diaries and letters
of the men who fought there and the photographs they took.
Gallipoli stands the test of time, bringing vividly to life the conditions and circumstances of a
campaign which has never ceased to enthral the imagination.
Robert Rhodes James was educated in India, Sedbergh School and Worcester College before embarking on a career as a writer and clerk in the House of Commons. In 1964 he received the Award of the Royal Society of Literature and was subsequently made a Fellow of the Royal Society. An uncle and cousin both served at Gallipoli, the latter being one of the few survivors of the disastrous landing from the collier River Clyde on 25th April 1915.