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Pan Australia, Aug 1, 2010 - History - 400 pages
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When Australian troops stormed ashore in the pre-dawn darkness of April 25th 1915, it was the culmination of one of the most complex and daunting operations in the history of warfare - the seaborne assault of a heavily fortified shore, defended by a well-prepared and forewarned enemy.

The risks were enormous, and the death toll on the beach at Anzac Cove could have been murderous - as it was with the British landings further south. Yet the Anzacs had been allowed to organise their own assault, and their ingenuity, intelligence gathering and willingness to do the unorthodox allowed them to seize a foothold and fulfil the task they had been set by their commanders. All too often the scale of that task and the successful way the Anzacs approached it have been overshadowed by events later in the campaign.

Hugh Dolan, a senior intelligence officer in the Australian military, has minutely re-examined the assault itself, giving us a day-by-day account of the build up to the landing that shows a very different side to the Gallipoli story. Using a host of previously unpublished material and research, he has produced a riveting work of narrative history that sheds a fresh light on the original Anzacs.


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Hugh Dolan tells of espionage and the use of intelligence before the landings on the Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915. This narrative is unique as it describes how spies in Istanbul and on the Gallipoli peninsula provided a series of reports on Turkish defences. The use of espionage and intelligence reporting by military planners challenges long held beliefs on the campaign. For instance, Hugh Dolan describes how the ANZAC Intelligence Officer flew over ANZAC Cove on 14 April 1915 to view Turkish defensive preparations. This book must be read by all who have an interest in the landings.  


Chapter 1 4 August30 November 1914 A spy in the Dardanelles
Chapter 2 1 December 191417 March 1915 Opening shots
Chapter 3 1820 March 1915 The failure of the naval bombardment
Chapter 4 2124 March 1915 The decision is made
Chapter 5 25 March1 April 1915 The buildup begins
Chapter 6 26 April 1915 The ANZACs embark forbattle
Chapter 7 712 April 1915 The ANZACs deploy forward
Chapter 10 1921 April 1915 A waxing moon
Chapter 11 2225 April 1915 Silent night attack
Epilogue Z Beach
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Chapter 8 1316 April 1915 Bold plans
Chapter 9 1718 April 1915 The spy returns

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About the author (2010)

Hugh Dolan is a Squadron Leader in the Australian Air Force, a life that he enjoys and recommends to others. He is currently researching the air battles over Gallipoli at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He has worked in minor headquarters roles in Australia and overseas. He describes his military service to be within range of map tables and the coffee percolator. His military career started 15 years ago with enlistment in the British Army as a private. He served in Bosnia as a junior NCO and witnessed the importance of military intelligence in operation planning. He confesses that he initially joined the army after barely graduating with a masters degree in history from Oxford University to pay overdue bills and to see how history is written.

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