Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Fighting at Cape Helles — Of a Different Character from Anzac (Video)

I've been reading Herbert's The Secret Battle which has an opening sequence set on Cape Helles shortly after the 25 April landing.  The description of the day-to-day grind experienced by the principals is distinctly different from similar authentic accounts by the veterans of Anzac and Suvla Bay.  This video, hosted by Indy Neidell and assisted by a Turkish historian, captures some of the unique aspects of the fighting in this area of the Gallipoli campaign.  They start out at V-Beach, then move to the forgotten French sector, and conclude at the never-captured-by-the-Allies Achi Baba.

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