Title: Gallipoli – A Short History
Author: McKernan, Michael
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2010
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 264 pages.
Comments: A concise and very readable account of the whole Gallipoli campaign.
Jack Fothergill worked on Melbourne’s trams before he went to war and was killed on Pine Ridge on 25 April 1915. In Gallipoli, Michael McKernan tells Jack’s story and that of his family, who never recovered from their grief. He also tells the stories of journalist Charles Bean, Chaplain Bill McKenzie, John Treloar and General Ian Hamilton, capturing the essence of what it was really like for the men who fought on the Gallipoli peninsula during that long campaign.
While saluting the bravery, determination and resourcefulness of the Anzacs, McKernan also tells of the failed leadership in London and on the Peninsula that caused great loss of life. He makes clear that ‘the most dramatic moment in Australian history’ was known to be unwinnable within fifteen hours of the first Anzacs going ashore.
There are few, if any, new issues to emerge from the story of Anzac, but Gallipoli puts the facts in a new context and brings to the fore the essential moments in the campaign. This intense account gives clarity to the story and is a reminder that loss of life in war is always personal, always tragic an always has consequences.
About Michael McKernan
Dr Michael McKernan has worked in military history since 1981 when he took a senior position at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. First travelling with Anzac veterans to Gallipoli in 1990 he has since taken hundreds of Australians on battlefield tours to Gallipoli. This book brings Michael’s dramatic battlefield narrative to a wider readership.