The Nek : A Gallipoli Tragedy

Author(s): Peter Burness

NZ Military

On 7 August 1915, in an ill-fated attempt to break the stalemate at Gallipoli, hundreds of Australian light horsemen repeatedly charged the massed rifles and machine-guns of the Turkish soldiers. The charge at The Nek has been immortalised in art, literature and film and has come to epitomise both the futility and courage of the Gallipoli campaign. This new edition includes new information, maps and photographs.


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Peter Burness is a Senior Historian at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and the Memorial’s longest serving employee. A specialist in the battles of World War One, he has written several books on the subject, and has also worked on numerous permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions.


1 The Attack at The Nek
2 3rd Light Horse Brigade
3 The Brigadier
4 The Brigade Major
5 Officers and Men
6 Egypt
7 Gallipoli and Trench Warfare
8 Walker's Ridge and Russell's Top
9 The New Offensive
10 `Come on boys. Come on. Come on.'
11 The Decision
12 The Aftermath of Battle
13 Reflection
14 Remembrance

Appendix: Roll of Honour

General Fields

  • : 9781921966101
  • : Exisle Publishing
  • : Exisle Publishing
  • : September 2012
  • : 234x154mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 940.30
  • : 167
  • : Colour and black & white
  • : Peter Burness