The terrain of a 1915 battlefield



Gallipoli was an ill-fated battlefront in 1915. Landing on a hostile shore, the Allies had to combat well-prepared Ottoman positions, the difficulties of the terrain, the inadequacies of water supply and the prevelance of disease. However, research carried out by Peter Chasseaud and Peter Doyle suggests that the traditional view of poor maps and terrain intelligence has been overplayed, and that the Allied commander, Ian Hamilton, had much information at hand. Evaluation of the groundshows that, at Cape Helles, the British 29th Division had to face a firestorm magnified by the terrain - a lecture delivered by Peter Doyle to the cadets at West Point in 2007. His latest book on the subject: Battle Story: Gallipoli, 1915 was published in 2011.