Gallipoli 1915: Unpicking the Myths

The Gallipoli Campaign is embedded in Australian culture. Nevertheless, many myths exist about the origins of the campaign, exactly who its participants were and what was actually achieved during eight months in 1915. This course will examine the origins of the “Anzac Legend” including the strategic objectives of the Allied forces, the Ottoman response and a comparison of the opposing forces. The campaign itself achieved very few of its objectives and resulted in a large number of casualties. In the ensuing hundred years, many myths have emerged, such as that of the wrong landing place. We will examine some of these myths and explain them in the correct context.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Harvey Broadbent, Defending Gallipoli – The Turkish Story, Melbourne University Press, 2015.
  • Hugh Dolan, 36 Days – The Untold Story behind the Gallipoli Landings, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2010.
  • Peter Hart, Gallipoli, Profile Press UK, 2013
  • Mat McLachlan, Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide in the Footsteps of the Anzacs, Hachette Australia, 2015.
  • Chris Roberts, The Landing at Anzac – 1915, Army History Unit, 2013.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • A discussion on how warfare-related myths and legends grow.
  • Background to the Ottoman Empire and its goals
  • Origins of the Dardanelles Campaign
  • Gallipoli’s Myths and Legends – Fact and Fiction
  • Comparison of Anzac and Ottoman soldiers in 1915
  • The Campaign – analysis of positives and negatives

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand how myths and legends grow during and after wars.
  2. Understand the origins of the Dardanelles campaign and the Allied strategic objectives.
  3. Understand why the Ottoman Government sided with the German and Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  4. Understand the difference between Allied and Ottoman soldiers in 1915.
  5. Identify the correct context for some of the myths surrounding Gallipoli.
  6. Identify how Australians can promote a more accurate story of the campaign and its outcomes.
$65 Limited

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21 Apr

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