This book and DVD Pack is an updated version of Anzacs, Empires and Israel's Restoration 1798-1948, and includes more archival material and culminates on 25 April 1920, when the League of Nations legally laid the foundations for Israel and for some of those Arab nations to come into existence.
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The 1915 Dardanelles (or Gallipoli) Campaign in Turkey is regarded as one of the biggest Allied defeats of the First World War. Many Australians and New Zealanders, however, deem the 25th April 1915, when their soldiers landed at Gallipoli as a 'baptism of fire' and the real beginning of their nationhood.
But why were New Zealand and Australian soldiers, as well as British, French and Indian soldiers, even fighting the Turks at Gallipoli?
Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty, wrote in relation to the Gallipoli Campaign: 'From the utter most ends of the earth ships and soldiers are approaching or gathering in the Eastern Mediterranean in fulfilment of a destiny as not yet understood by mortal man... the arrival of the Anzacs in Egypt created the nuceus of the Army needed to attack the heart of the Turkish Empire.' (The World Crisis, p.249)
What was this 'destiny as not yet understood by mortal man' that Churchill alluded to? Was there another dimension to the Gallipoli Campaign other than the batltes fought there?
These are the questions which presenter Kelvin Crombie seeks to answer as he leads us on a journey to Britain, Europe, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, New Zealand and Australia. He discovers, in the process, that a road that began at Gallipoli which was destined to lead to Jerusalem.
About the author:
Kelvin Crombie, is an Australian who lived almost twenty-five years in Israel.
During that time Kelvin worked for twenty years at Christ Church inside the Old City of Jerusalem, mostly as a local guide, researcher and writer, and majored upon British involvement in the Eastern Mediterranean during the period 1798-1948.
Kelvin pioneered the In Step with Allenby and the Light Horse tours in 1988 and guided many Australian, New Zealand, British and American groups retracing the Anzac/Light Horse heritage in the land of Israel.
He has authored ten books, including For the Love of Zion, Journey to Beersheba, El Alamein: Halting an Impending Holocaust in the Middle East and In Covenant with Jesus.