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"YOUR GUIDE IS WONDERFUL, KNOWN TO US AS 'THE HOLTS' BIBLE" First time travellers to Gallipoli.

When you order this book you receive an additional  FREE BATTLE MAP worth at least £3.50 - choose your map below

This is the first and most complete fully illustrated guide book ever published in English about the Gallipoli Battlefields and one of the best selling series of Guide Books written by Major and Mrs Holt who go there and find out!

Included with this book is our EXCLUSIVE FULL COLOUR DOUBLE SIDED battlefield map of the Gallipoli Battlefields

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  • Holts Gallipoli Guide Book Cover
  • Anzac Cove
  • British Memorial at Helles
  • Map showing where Gallipoli is.
  • Beach CWGC Cemetery where the 'Man with the Donkey' is buried
  • View from Walker's Ridge to Ari Burnu and North Beach
  • Sunset over Imbros from North Beach
  • Ali the CWGC Gardener with fish caught off North Beach - the authors had one for dinner!
  • Lone Pine CWGC and Australian Memorial
  • Valmai Holt and armed guards by one of the Turkish Monoliths on Chunuk Bair
  • Turkish trench lines on Chunuk Bair

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Batteries, Forts: Cimenlik; Dardanos; Ertugrul; Hamidiye; Kilitbahir; Kumkale; Lancashire Landing; Mesudiye; Seddulbahir; V Beach

Beaches: ANZAC Cove; Kumkale; North Beach; S Beach; Suvla Bay; V Beach; W Beach; X Beach; Y Beach; 

Cemeteries: Beach; French, Morto Bay; Haidar Pasha, Istanbul; Lancashire Landing; Lone Pine; Morto Bay French; Nek, the; Turkish - various; Twelve Trees Copse; V Beach

Memorials: Chunuk Bair New Zealand; Helles to the Missing; Lone Pine Australian; Turkish - Ari Burnu, Chunuk Bair, Helles,

Museums: Bigali Atarturk's House; Canakkale Naval; Gabatepe Info Centre; Istanbul Military; Krithia

Towns, Villages: Canakkale; Bulair; Eceabat; Gelibolu; Helles; Krithia;

Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide to Gallipoli

The fourth in the Holts' important series of Battlefield guides (following the Somme, the Ypres Salient and the Normandy Landing Beaches) this is so much more than a guidebook (of which it is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, ever produced). It is the book of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It charts in fascinating detail what happened at every recommended stop and brings alive, with cameos and anecdotes, the people who fought there: leaders, heroes, historic regiments,  poets, 'Tommy', 'Digger' and 'Johnnie Turk'.

  • here lies Doughty-Wylie VC
  • here Simpson worked with 'Murphy' the donkey
  • here the Sandringham Battalion of the Norfolks disappeared
  • here the Australian Light Horse were decimated at the Nek
  • here lay the latter-day Trojan Horse, the SS River Clyde
  • here Atarturk's watch stopped a fatal bullet

It includes:

  • Approach Route from Istanbul
  • Allied and Turkish Memorial/Museums, preserved trenches and guns
  • Allied and Turkish war cemeteriesInformation on Allied and Turkish War Graves Associations
  • Information on Allied Commemorative Associations
  • Historical background to the Dardanelles Campaign
  • History of the Dardanelles area before and after the Great War
  • Useful tourist informationFull colour illustrations throughout

Packaged with and Map References throughout to MAJOR & MRS HOLT'S BATTLE MAP OF GALLIPOLI

This detailed and unique fully indexed, 4 colour, double-sided map shows modern roads, the Allied and Turkish battle lines, contours and features of WW1 interest in the area - Memorials, Museums, Shipwrecks, War Cemeteries, Guns, Forts


  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • How to use this guide
  • Historical Summary
  • Approach Route
  • Itinerary One: Helles and Krithia
  • Itinerary Two: Anzac Coastline
  • Itinerary Three: Sari Bair Ridge
  • Itinerary Four: Suvla
  • Itnerary Five: the Asian Side
  • Allied & Turkish Wargraves, Commemorative & Conservation Associations
  • Indexes: Forces, Forts, General, Guns, Memorials, Museums,VC Winners , War Cemeteries

There are 190 coloured illustrations like these in the book -

Sinking of the BouvetSinking of the Bouvet.

The French ship, which went down with the loss of all hands on 18 March 1915, was probably hit by one of the ingenious floating mines from Canakkale.

The rails along which they were propelled can be seen at the Naval Museum in Canakkale.



The Man with the shellThe Man with the Shell.

Cpl Seyit carried the last 275 kilogram shell to his battery when 61 of his comrades were killed by Allied Naval shells on 18 March 1918.

The shell hit the battleship Ocean which later sank.

Seyit's statue was erected in 1929.


Well on Gully BeachWell on Gully Beach.

 Gully Beach remains completely unspoilt, much as it was during the Landings in April 1915.

The well was dug by Joseph Murray of the Hood Battalion, RND on 21 July to supply water to the Division.

It stands near the entrance to the infamous Gully Ravine.


View from Walkers RidgeView from Walker's Ridge to Ari Burnu & North Beach.

To the left is the distinctive outline of the Sphinx and the dramatic and rugged gullies lead down to Ari Burnu and North Beach.

The landings of 25 April were made just out of sight on the left in the tiny bay which has been renamed Anzac Cove.


Beach CWGC CemeteryBeach CWGC Cemetery and Headstone of Pte J. Simpson.

Simpson's full name was John Simpson Kirkpatrick.

He was born in South Shields and emigrated to Australia in 1909 enlisting on 25 August 1914.

After the landings he plied up and down the dangerous Shrapnel Gully with a donkey he called Murphy, bringing down the wounded for medical treatment until he himself was killed on 19 May.  


Lone Pine CemeteryLone Pine Cemetery with Headstone of Driver Bergin.

A pine tree grown from a seed of the original pine stands in this cemetery where over 1,150 Australians are buried.

The message on Driver Bergin's headstone reads,

'A mother's thoughts often wander to this sad and lonely grave'.

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