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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

Krithia: The Forgotten Anzac Battle of Gallipoli

Mat McLachlan

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Australia, New Zealand, Ottoman Empire, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Military history, First World War

Gallipoli is the defining battlefield in Australian history and identity, yet the tale of the Second Battle of Krithia has existed largely in the shadows of the bigger Gallipoli story. It is, however, one of the most poignant and tragic tales of World War I, now brought to light by bestselling military historian Mat McLachlan.

In May 1915, British units were trying to capture the village of Krithia in the Helles Sector on the southern tip of the Gallipoli peninsula. On 6 May, Australian and New Zealand units were sent from the Anzac Sector to reinforce the British and, on 8 May, the Anzac troops took part in a bloody battle near Krithia. Advancing across a featureless plain in broad daylight, with no idea where the Turkish defenders were, the Anzacs came under a hail of machine-gun and rifle fire. Even though the Australians managed to advance, they got nowhere near the village and dug in well short of their objective. The New Zealanders on their left fared no better, and by the end of the day more than 1800 Anzac troops had been killed or wounded.

The story of this battle of Krithia is one of bravery and sacrifice, supported by lots of first-hand accounts and oral history. It features the stories of a number of Australians, New Zealanders and Turks, some who survived, some who didn't. The battle wasn't particularly strategically important, but that's the whole story of Gallipoli - a century later we don't remember grand victories or decisive battle strategy. We remember men doing their best under hellish conditions, small, private battles that were intensely personal to all who participated in them and blokes hanging on in situations when others wouldn't. It's a great Australian story that hasn't been told - until now.

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Mat McLachlan

Mat McLachlan is one of Australia's leading battlefield historians and media presenters in the history space. He is also the author of Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide and The Cowra
Breakout, and the founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, which sends thousands of Australians to visit battlefields around the world each year.
As a media presenter, Mat is a regular on TV and radio and in print. He produces and hosts three of the leading history podcasts in Australia: Living History, BattleWalks and Pete & Gary's Military History. He appears regularly
as a history expert on all major Australian television and radio networks, and reaches over five million viewers on YouTube each year.

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