The Struggle for the Dardanelles

The Memoirs of a German Staff Officer in Ottoman Service

Philip Rance

Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16pp black and white ills, 3 b/w maps
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ISBN : 9781783030453
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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This is a detailed eye-witness account of the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign from the perspective of the Turks, through the eyes of Major Erich Prigge an adjutant to Marshal Liman von Sanders, the German commander-in-chief of the Ottoman forces in the Dardanelles.

The focus is overwhelmingly on combat but includes related matters such as reconnaissance and logistics. Packed with specific information and technical detail as well as action, it should be of great interest to historians and enthusiasts.

Prigge actually wrote two accounts of the campaign. The first, published in January 1916 while the fighting continued, revealed so much information that the Ottoman government asked the German authorities to suppress it. The other, published later that year, included coverage of the British evacuation. Although Prigge had removed many of the sensitive details of unit names, casualties etc., he had substantially rewritten and augmented many passages with lively descriptive material.

Philip Rance here presents the first English translations of both versions, which together form one of the most complete and valuable accounts of this campaign available from the Turkish perspective.

About The Author

Dr. Philip Rance is a historian and classicist who has published extensively on military literature and culture. He has taught at universities in the United Kingdom and Germany and held senior research fellowships in Munich and Istanbul. He lives in Berlin, where he holds a Humboldt-Foundation Renewed Research Fellowship at the Freie Universität.


"I have very little knowledge of the Dardanelles campaign, or even where it happened - this book has transformed my knowledge of this part of WW1..."

- Books Monthly

First-class memoir. 10/10

- Mark Marsay, The Great War Magazine

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