The problem with military histories is that often the most important of factors—the very soldiers themselves—are relegated to side players, submerged beneath an endless weight of statistics—listings of battalions and regiments, battlefield tactics and endless analysis and theorising from armchair historians.
G&DI member Cathlyn Davidson has brought to our attention a book which helps to correct this imbalance. “The Spirits of Gallipoli, A Centenary of Anzacs” correctly shifts the focus back on to the men themselves—their personalities, how they came to be at Gallipoli and what eventually became of them. This book strikes a personal chord with Cathlyn because her grandfather died at Gallipoli, in the second battle of Krithia. He is buried in the Redoubt Cemetery near Cape Helles. You can find out more about “The Spirits of Gallipoli” here: http://www.spirits-of-gallipoli.com/