Gallipoli: What went wrong during the disastrous First World War campaign?
Peter Hart, author of a new book on this disastrous First World War campaign, offers his explanations for the Allies' failure in 1915
The Gallipoli campaign was a terrible tragedy. The attempt by the Allies to seize the Gallipoli peninsula from the Ottoman empire and gain control over the strategically-important Dardanelles failed in a welter of hubris, blood and suffering. Located just across the Dardanelles straits from the fabled city of Troy, its classical undertones have helped create a rich mythology of ‘the terrible ifs’; of what might have been achieved with ‘a bit more luck’.