Thursday, 4 May 2017

Now in Hardcover and available worldwide

The Anzac Legend: A Graphic History Hardcover

ISBN:  9780992482626

The process of reformatting the landscape book to portrait has been completed. Now 246 pages long and a few updates and edits to text. It has also been divided up into chapters.

The book is now hardcover and is available internationally from many online bookstores - select the link to go to the site that suits you AmazonBarnes & Noble, Abe Books, Book Depository and many others.

For Australian buyers there is also Booktopia,
and also of course at my website Wotsleft Books

Check out the images below. It has turned out very well, and I'm very happy with the end product.

Front cover

Back Cover

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

New format

Over the past two years since The Anzac Legend was first published (boy, that's gone quick!) I've had some feedback which has made me look at changing the book from landscape to portrait format.

I chose the original landscape format because it was the best for showing the broad maps which are a large part of the books success, but the portrait format is the preferred format for book-sellers and libraries to display the book on their shelves. After some initial trials I found that I could rearrange the panels without too much hassle.

It is a slow process, and a slight reduction in panel sizes, but generally I'm pleased with the result, and the pages look good.

Some pages are not as easily or neatly arranged as the panels are of various sizes and shapes; but with a little work I manage to get them together OK.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Turkish Defence at Anzac

I have come across this fantastic book by Mr Mesut Uyar called "The Ottoman Defence Against The Anzac Landing" published 2015.

This is the book I was looking for while I was researching  The Anzac Legend. It's a pity it was published after my book. It gives great insight into the Ottoman Army and it's pre-Great War development.
Of most interest to me was the revelations of Kemal's movements during the day of 25 April 1915, and also the involvement of the 72nd and 77th Regiments. Previous books I've read did not clearly and sensibly outline these important parts of the battle.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants the latest good oil on the Ottoman Army side of the battle. Apart from all the background info, unfortunately it only covers the day of the Landing in detail.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Book feedback

I recently received an email from Baron Tonis Breidel Hadjidemetriou, M.A., Ph.D. ( a Cypriot historian living in Greece) who was kind enough to write to me telling me of his thoughts on The Anzac Legend. Follow the link to read what he has to say :

Monday, 20 April 2015

The ANZAC Plan

A century ago the ANZACs were preparing to land on the Gallipoli Peninsula, north of Gaba Tepe, while the British and French were planning to land at the mouth of the Dardenelles at Cape Helles and Kum Kale.
The British 29th Division was to land at the beaches code named S, V, W, X and Y.

They were planning to land on the 23rd of April 1915, as this would give the Covering Force more time to land safely in the darkness between moon set and dawn. The threat of enfilading fire on the landing beach from Gaba Tepe concerned General Birdwood, so this would be mitigated by landing in darkness.
Then on the 20th of April, a strong storm blew in and kicked up the water in Mudros Harbour. It became too dangerous for the the required transfers between the troopships, so the landing was put off.
Now they waited for the wind to die down. With each succeeding day the moon set later and reduced the time of darkness for the landing of the Covering Force. If they waited too long the moon would set after dawn and there would be no chance of surprising the waiting Turks. Birdwood's plan would be ruined. He waited anxiously.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Preparations for the Anzac Landing

100 years ago - the Allied forces (British and French) gathered in Mudros harbour, Lemnos Island and prepared for the upcoming invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula.

This drawing shows the beach  with low ridges behind, where the Anzac Covering Force was supposed to land. It also shows Gaba Tepe on the right like a fort covered with steep grassy slopes, topped by trenches and barbed wire. The position of Gaba Tepe made the planners anxious because of its potential to expose the landing force to Ottoman enfilade fire.