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Gallipoli Movie Appraisal Essay

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The Gallipoli Campaign, pitfall of Winston Churchill’s early career, was a strategic World War I campaign designed to seize the Dardanelles strait, allowing the Entente powers a sea route to Russia, and, eventually, the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (currently Istanbul). The capture of the capital would knock Turkey out of the war, which would end the fighting in the Middle Eastern theatre. Although not a large front, a ceasefire in the Middle East would save the British and Entente forces millions of dollars and troops which could then be spent or redeployed elsewhere. While predicted to be a success, the campaign ended in tragedy and the loss of thousands of lives. The Battle plan was ...view middle of the document...

What the commanding officers did not know, however, was the Turkish people resented the British and European presence in Turkey with a fervent passion. Using money and arms provided by the Germans, the Ottoman Empire built up a resilient, capable fighting force at Gallipoli and waited for attack. These soldiers fought far harder and far better than the Entente anticipated. Their fortifications were built up extremely well and withstood the near pitiful artillery attack meant to knock out their machine guns. As seen in the movie, these attacks were even stopped early because the officer’s watches were not synchronized and still, no one, not a soul, believed the Turks would be ready to fight so soon after their attack. The soldiers pouring out of the trenches were told to empty their guns, both to save bullets and because those in charge thought they would not need them. The entire battle was a series of one miscalculation after another, ending in the loss of near sixty thousand men.
People fighting just to fight, proud groups of people, that do not really know what their fighting for, killing one another, pent up rage and violence, anger, and death, so much death, are the phrases that generally come to mind when I think of World War I. With near nine million soldiers killed and countless more permanently injured and scarred forever, these phrases make sense. The spread of the violence is truly startling, but what was it for? A few countries got a little too proud and little too angry. With all the tension building up in the decades prior, all those who pushed for war had forgotten what it was like and the horrors they would face. No one remembered how to fight and win or how field medicine worked. Many with survivable injuries died in hospital due to doctor’s incompetence. Young men, who, like Archy, did not really know what they were fighting for, got caught up is the nationalistic fervor of the time and went off to fight for an unknown cause. When speaking to Frank and their savior in the desert, Archy knows nothing about the war other than the Germans are fighting the British and need to be killed. I can imagine not many...

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