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Beneath a Turkish Sky

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli

By (author) Philip Lecane
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: Nonsuch Publishing
Published: 1st Jun 2015
Dimensions: w 154mm h 236mm d 13mm
Weight: 730g
ISBN-10: 1845888650
ISBN-13: 9781845888657
Barcode No: 9781845888657
Synopsis
It was the First World War's largest seaborne invasion and the Irish were at the forefront. Recruited in Ireland, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were ordered to spearhead the invasion of Gallipoli in Turkey. Deadlocked in trench warfare on the Western Front, the British High Command hoped the assault would Germany's ally out of the war. Using letters and photographs, this book tells the story of the `Dubs' officers and men called from an idyllic posting in India to be billeted on the civilian population in England. They then set off on what was presented as a great adventure to win glory and capture Constantinople. The book also gives the story of the Turkish defenders and the locality being invaded. Accompanied by the Royal Munster Fusiliers, packed aboard the SS River Clyde, the `Dubs' landed from ships boats on the fiercely defended beach at Sedd-el-Bahr. The song The Foggy Dew says, "It were better to die beneath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sedd-el-Bahr." This book tells the story of the forgotten Irishmen who died beneath a Turkish sky in what was Ireland's D-Day.

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