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The Ottoman Defence Against the Landing at Anzac

April 16, 2015

The Ottoman Defence against the Anzac Landing: 25 April 1915

ByMesut Uyar
181 pages
Big Sky Publishing $20

FOR the first time a book has been written in English that recounts the Anzac Landing from the Turkish side.

The author, Mesut Uyar, is a former Turkish Army infantry officer, with service in Afghanistan, and currently an associate professor of Ottoman military history at ADFA.

He said in most books the Ottoman army had been described as an army without face and name except for a few extraordinary leaders.

“This book is an attempt to paint a portrait of the Ottoman officers and soldiers,” he said.

“I tried to give as much detail as I could about individual unit commanders from platoon upwards, and their contributions.

“I think these brave individuals deserve more and better treatment.”

He has researched his subjectthoroughly, accessing not only Turkish Archives and official military histories, but also personal memoirs and diaries from Turkish soldiers and officers who were at Gallipoli in 1915.

While much of his book focuses simply on the first day of the landing, April 25, 1915, the author starts with a detailed description of the pre-war modernisation of the Ottoman Army, the 1912 Balkan Wars and the influence of German advisers.

The book is the latest in the Army History Unit’s campaign series and so the quality and value for money is consistent with the AHU’s previous books.

It features dozens of high quality, never before seen, black and white photos, coloured maps and coloured photos of weapons and uniforms of the period.

If you want a look at the Anzac Landing from the other side of the fence, this book is well worth a read.

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