Title: Dardanelles – A Midshipman’s Diary
Author: Denham, H M
Condition: Very Good +
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1981
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 200 pages
Comments: This young naval officers diary provides a unique perspective on the Gallipoli catastrophe in World War One.Ideal for readers who have enjoyed the works of Peter Hart, Alan Moorehead and the diaries of Guy Warner and Tony Ditcham.
The Dardanelles Campaign is famously one of Sir Winston Churchills greatest failures, but what was it like to be there When war broke out H. M. Denham was a sixteen-year-old cadet still at the naval college, but within weeks he found himself aboard HMS Agamemnon heading towards the Mediterranean to attack Ottoman forces located in the narrow Dardanelles Straits. Although prohibited from making official journals, Denham kept a secret diary of his time during this long and bloody stalemate.
Denhams account provides fascinating insight into what this campaign was like viewed from the sea. He explains tactics, engagements, and his superiors as well as recording day-to-day actions, from trawling for mines and avoiding enemy submarines to commanding boats to storm the shoreline in the infamous Suvla Bay landing.
From his viewpoint in the crows-nest of the Agamemnon Denham was able to witness all aspects of this ten-month amphibious struggle. Dardanelles: A Midshipman’s Diary, 1915-16 captures the true waste and confusion that unfolded in the seas of the eastern Mediterranean and the beaches of Gallipoli.