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Gallipolli May 2014


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Managed to persuade my missus to go to Gallipolli for 3 days in May during a weeks break (other time in Istanbul)

I have the medals and death plaque to a soldier from the 8th West Riding Regt who was killed on 15th Aug 1915 attacking Hill 100 and would like to spend a day exploring that area but could you 'learned' people tell me what I must do on the other 2 days as I don't want to waste this valuable opportunity?

She has heard of a Belgian Hotelier on the penninsular who is a must to stay with due to his knowledge and enthusiasm but I see there is a forum member who appears to have good write ups too - any views?

Also what is the definitive book on the Gallipolli campaign? I don't have the time to troll through all of the books to get a better 'understanding'.

Regards

Wayne

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I suggest that if it is a first book you look at Peter Hart's book on Gallipoli, available through the Amazon link. then once you have looked at that and the war diary you might want one of the smaller specialised books on specific parts of the peninsula.

For accommodation, either Gallipoli Houses (forum member Plumed Goose), or at Eceabat "The Crowded House". Both can arrange guiding, which is essential even with maps for a first time visitor.

Keith

Edit Also have a look at the Gallipoli Association website. Full of helpful info and links http://www.gallipoli-association.org/

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I suggest that if it is a first book you look at Peter Hart's book on Gallipoli, available through the Amazon link. then once you have looked at that and the war diary you might want one of the smaller specialised books on specific parts of the peninsula.

For accommodation, either Gallipoli Houses (forum member Plumed Goose), or at Eceabat "The Crowded House". Both can arrange guiding, which is essential even with maps for a first time visitor.

Keith

Edit Also have a look at the Gallipoli Association website. Full of helpful info and links http://www.gallipoli-association.org/

Agree with Keith about all above. Can I also suggest you look at this relatively new organisation, Gallipoli and Dardanelles International, and click on 'overview'. There are tips about travelling to Gallipoli

http://gdinternational.org.uk/

Judy

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Wayne

As an alternative to the very helpful ideas above, have a think about staying in Canakkale. Although it adds a little bit of extra traveling time, I am a great fan of the ferry from Canakkale to Kilitbahir. Arriving on the peninsular by boat just seems a little more appropriate. And you can also claim to have been in Asia if you do this.

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Wayne

I would recommend staying on the European side just to save some time given the number of days you have. Crowded House is cheap, clean and cheerful in the beer garden and you can perhaps chat with other punters more easily than you might in Cannakale as they do congregate there that time of year. I have heard nothing but good on Eric Goosens Gallipoli Houses and I plan to be there a few days next year myself. As for books or things to read, aside from individual unit war diaries, I would also recommend Tim Travers book "Gallipoli 1915". That and the Brit and Australian Official Histories, in your case Brit, also of value. NZ, French and Turk I will leave to others to recommend. As you will no doubt have a Suvla flavoured trip, perhaps Stephen Chambers' book would be of some considerable assistance.

There are some very cluey Brits on this website that may be able to point you in the right direction with the more particular needs to your regiment. Just put yourself out there nicely and see who pops up.Good luck!

Ian

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Thanks All

In contact with Eric and hopefully he can set me right on how many days I need to 'complete' my task!! The missis has been great and even suggested staying another day :-) Can you do Istanbul in 2 days? :unsure:

Any hints on places (off the beaten track) that are a must to see?

Day 1 = Suvla (Sunday)

Day 2 = Anzac (Monday)

Day 3 = Helles (Tuesday)

Any ideas on above plan?

Regards

Wayne

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