Centre for Continuing Education

Gallipoli Course: The Gallipoli Campaign, 1915

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.

What military planning, actions and events on the battlefield determined the outcome of the Gallipoli Campaign?

This course traces, from both sides of the conflict, complex battle events including the Turkish defence that led to the Anzac and Allied failure at Gallipoli and their ultimate retreat.

This course is the second in our Gallipoli series and is taught by lauded historian and author Harvey Broadbent. This course is preceded by Gallipoli: The Road to Gallipoli and followed by Gallipoli: The Gallipoli Record and Legacy. You do not need to have attended the first course to attend this one.


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 on the Gallipoli battlefield from the perspective of both sides
  • articulate the reasons for the failure of the Allies at Gallipoli and the success of the Ottoman defenders
  • describe details of commanders on both sides and their actions at Gallipoli
  • ascribe the comparative weaknesses and strengths of both the Allies, the Anzac and the Ottomans
  • analyse the information given by battlefield reports, ground maps and aerial reconnaissance maps and reports relating to the above events
  • intepret the contents of the above reports and other documents in establishing the veracity of events on the battlefield
  • describe the conditions under which soldiers of both sides existed and fought at Gallipoli.


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.

Part 1: April 1915 to June 1915

  • The Ottoman defensive strategy for the Gallipoli Peninsula and the Ottoman 5th army units.
  • The Allied strategy and tactics in the planning of the amphibious landing and subsequent offensive. This includes the Allied and ANZAC army units.
  • Events of the Allied landings, how they fell short of the plans and the Ottoman response on 25 April.
  • Battlefield actions that established a situation of stalemate and an analysis of the tactical influences on both sides that created the outcome.
  • The aborted and costly Ottoman attack on 19 May and its influence on future Ottoman defensive tactics.

Part 2: July 1915 to December 1915/January 1916

  • A detailed analysis of the planning and execution of the failed Allied August offensive.
  • Details of the action of both sides in the battles for Lone Pine, The Nek, Suvla Bay, Chunuk Bair, Hill 971, and Hill 60.
  • The British and French political influences on the decision to evacuate.
  • The planning of and execution of the evacuations.

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