Centre for Continuing Education

Gallipoli Course: The Road to Gallipoli

History. See the future. It’s in the past.

Harvey Broadbent
Harvey Broadbent AM is a well-known writer, lecturer, broadcaster, documentary film and TV producer. In January 2016 he received the prestigious award of Member of the Order of Australia for his life time’s work in researching and writing history and producing historical documentaries. The citation reads 'For significant service to the literary arts as an author and publisher, to the television industry as a producer, and to tertiary education.'

From 2005 to 2015, Harvey was Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Modern History at Macquarie University. At Macquarie University he directed the Gallipoli Centenary Research Project – a project centred on the Turkish military archives and the Gallipoli Campaign. The outcomes of this project included two books; Gallipoli, the Turkish Defence and Defending Gallipoli, (MUP), his fourth and fifth books. From 1977 to 1999 he worked as a Producer and Executive Producer for the ABC.

How did the Anzacs and the Turks come to be fighting each other at Gallipoli? This course traces the complex historical events that led to the fateful landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915.

During this course, you will follow the events of the years and months preceding April 1915 while studying and discussing rarely seen documents and artefacts.

This course is the first in our Gallipoli series and is taught by lauded historian and author Harvey Broadbent. This course is followed by Gallipoli: The Gallipoli Campaign, 1915 and Gallipoli: The Gallipoli Record and Legacy.


This course, along with each course in our Gallipoli series, aims to enable you to understand and articulate the events affecting and influencing the main participants on both sides of the Gallipoli Campaign. By doing so, you will obtain an authoritative knowledge of the causes of the Gallipoli Campaign.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe and articulate accurately the chain of events in Australia and Britain that led the Anzacs to Gallipoli
  • describe and articulate accurately the chain of events in the Ottoman Empire and Germany that led to the Turks defending their homeland at Gallipoli
  • isolate the main political and military causes of the Gallipoli Campaign
  • intepret the contents of documents in establishing the veracity of events leading to the Campaign
  • analyse the information given by reports and maps relating to the above events
  • thoroughly discuss the causes of the Gallipoli Campaign.


All of the topics below are discussed along with supporting copies of, or quotations from original documents, where available. This includes published and unpublished documents from Harvey Broadbent’s original research.

  • Tracing events from the 1890s showing how the Ottomans became vulnerable to German influence and persuasion and the Anglo-German rivalry for influence in the Ottoman Empire.
  • German ambitions in the east and on the seas, and the role of Russia as a spoiler in this period.
  • The nature of the arms race with the onset of Dreadnought battleships and the competition for oil.
  • How, through this period, the Australian military developed its capabilities in assisting Great Britain.
  • The sequence of events immediately before and after the onset of hostilities in August 1914, and how these affected Australia and the Ottoman Empire militarily in the recruitment of forces.
  • The workings of the British Naval and German Military Missions, to the Ottoman Government.
  • The failure of British diplomacy in the aftermath of the confiscation of two Ottoman warships being built in British shipyards, and German exploitation of the events in replacing the ships with two German ships.
  • The machinations of the pro-German factions in the Ottoman government led by Enver Pasha, and the secret Ottoman-German alliance created by Enver.
  • The ensuing repercussions and circumstances of the Ottoman entry into the war as a German ally.
  • Churchill’s pre-emptive attack on the Dardanelles Strait on 3 November 1914 and subsequent strengthening of Ottoman defences in the Dardanelles Strait.
  • The dispatch of the AIF and the convoy’s diversion to Egypt.
  • Details of the failure of the Allied naval attacks on the Dardanelles Strait in February and March 1915.
  • The naval failure’s implications for the opening of the ensuing amphibious landing and offensive against the Gallipoli Peninsula and its tactical planning.

Intended audience

People of all ages who wish to gain a detailed and nuanced knowledge of the Gallipoli Campaign.


A general knowledge and background reading of events in the First World War.

Delivery style

  • Lecture with audio-visual presentations
  • Interactive Q&A
  • Writing of a short analytical task


A course summary will be provided for each session.

Please bring a notebook and pen, laptop, or tablet for the writing task and note taking.

Recommended reading

Broadbent, Harvey, 2005, Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore, Penguin Books.

Broadbent, Harvey, 2015, Defending Gallipoli, Melbourne University Press.

Carlyon, Les, 2002, Gallipoli, Macmillan.

Moorhead, Alan, 1956, Gallipoli, Hamish Hamilton, London.

Rhodes-James, Robert, 1965, Gallipoli, Angus and Robertson.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

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