Victory at Gallipoli 1915 written by Klaus Wolf and published by Pen and Sword Books – £30.00 – Hardback – Pages 370

The German contribution in a famous Turkish victory at Gallipoli has been overshadowed by the Mustafa Kemel legend. The commanding presence of German General Liman von Sanders in the operations is well known. But relatively little is known about the background of German military intervention in Ottoman affairs. Through extensive research by the author Klaus Wolf, he fills the gap and examines the German involvement in the campaign. In an operation that didn’t really go well for either side, the event would see the Ottoman empire plum to help the Axis power, while the Allied forces were having to work with much reduced numbers as the front in France was taking priority at the time.

I want to say right from the beginning this book is a stonker, there is so much information and research that has gone into this book by the author Klaus Wolf, a huge amount of credit should go to him. I remember doing about Gallipoli at school but the teacher wasn’t that great, but now having read this book it has filled in a number of blanks and reasons. Especially as this book is written through all the research about the German side of events. Whilst this is a well written book and it is very comprehensive, it’s one of those books you need to take your time to read due to the amount of research in the book. I’ve learnt more about the men, the forces, the campaign strategy and how things were reacted to and also the politics about things especially from a German perspective. A comprehensive read, if you want info from the German viewpoint, this is the book for you. The photographs, diagrams, tables in the book are fantastic and I can really recommend this book.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.