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Tue 8 Aug 2017, 5:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Distinction Hotel, 175 - 185 Cuba St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Mesut Uyar, University of New South Wales speaking on The August Offensive and the Ottomans: A Faceless Army.

The western literature of the August Offensive has been marred with “opportunities lost”, “what if”s and “might have been”s ever since the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula. What is striking, is the complete or near absence of the Ottomans within these discussions.

There is no discussion of the Ottoman defence system or doctrine, nothing about Ottoman commanders except passing mentions of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Liman von Sanders, no serious evaluation of the Ottoman soldiers other than praising their bravery and stubborn defence. One gets the impression of passive masses of soldiers stoically facing the unfolding events which they had no or little power to control.

To fight a war you need at least two sides and sometimes more. To understand the contemporary operational, tactical or technical issues and problems you need to know and understand the other side. Whichever side the historian is examining or whatever his/her aims are without knowing the story behind the hill it would be impossible to write a comprehensive, objective and unbiased history.
Followed by Anna Rogers, Massey University speaking on Getting It Wrong: Medical Matters at Gallipoli.

The medical arrangements for the Dardanelles campaign were badly botched. Poor, sometimes even non-existent, planning and communication, added to the difficult terrain and challenging climate, severely compromised the treatment and evacuation of the wounded. The doctors, orderlies and stretcher-bearers worked courageously and at great personal risk to care for their patients.

Anna Rogers, who is writing the history of the New Zealand medical services in the First World War, describes what happened to the wounded and their saviours on Gallipoli in 1915.

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