The Ottoman Defence Against The Anzac Landing : 25 April 1915
Australian Army Campaigns Series – 16
by Mesut Uyar
Published by Big Sky Publishing www.bigskypublishing.com.au
RRP $19.99 in paperback
Last month, I blogged about Book no.15 in this Campaigns series – the book was Sudan 1885 by Michael Tyquin. There seems to be a regular production line of these titles, which are intended as a resource for members of the Australian Army whose focus is on leadership, command, strategy and tactics. The books are also suitable for the general reader. The series started in 2005 with the first title The Battle of Crete.
As has been often said, the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 represents a defining moment for Australia. However this is the detailed account of the landing from the Turkish perspective. Descriptions of the Ottoman forces such as the composition of units, the men who commanded them, their weapons, capabilities and reactions to the ANZAC invasion have generally remained undocumented or described in piecemeal fashion based on secondary sources. The lack of a Turkish perspective has made it almost impossible to construct a balanced account of the events of that fateful April day.
This book seeks to redress the imbalance, portraying the Ottoman experience based on previously unpublished Ottoman and Turkish sources. Mesut Uyar describes the Ottoman Army in fascinating detail from its order of battle, unit structure and composition, training and doctrine to the weapons used against the ANZACs.
Author Mesut Uyar is currently associate professor of Ottoman military history at the University of New South Wales, Canberra.
To read more about Mesut Uyar and this book, here is a link to a review in the AFR, 20 March 2015 by Tony Walker