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Michael Hickey
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John Murray
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In January 1915, Churchill, as First Lord of the Admiralty, overrode the advice of his First Sea Lord and persuaded the Cabinet to sanction a naval expedition to force its way to Constantinople. It was to eliminate Turkey from the war and thus sustain Russia's war effort. The campaign, which veered from the brink of victory to final resounding defeat, was one of the grimmest in modern history.;This work traces the roots of the catastrophe to the remoteness of war leaders in London, the incompetence of admirals and generals on the spot, and the extraordinary diversity of the Allied troops. By drawing on official papers, diaries and letters, the author aims to give an impression of what it was like for the fighting men who did their best but who were, in the words of one of them, beaten in the end by our own leaders.

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Colonel Michael Hickey served in the Army Air Corps, flying operationally in Korea, Malaya, East Africa and the Near East as well as in Germany. He taught at the Royal Military Colege of Science, was a Defence Fellow at King's College, London, and was later Director of the Museum of Army Flying. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed "The Unforgettable Army," on Slim and his 14th Army in Burma. He and his wife have two sons and live in Hampshire.

Daily Telegraph

"Gripping." Robert McLaughlan.
Glasgow Herald

"Lucid, vivid and highly readable." Arthur Hockaday.
RUSI Journal

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World War, 1914-1918 - Campaigns - Turkey - Gallipoli Peninsula.
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