More by John Masefield
The Gallipoli campaign of World War I was a bold strategic move to capture the Ottoman Turkish capital of Istanbul, but things began to go wrong from the very start. Allied troops found the landing beaches heavily defended, and the fighting soon stalemated into a brutal battle of attrition in horrific conditions. It was only after eight months of heavy losses that the allies finally admitted defeat and withdrew. However, the bravery and sacrifice of the fledgling Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), which formed a large part of the allied forces, sparked the birth of a national consciousness in both countries. This was one of the first books published after the campaign, and was written specifically to boost morale in the wake of the defeat, and to answer the many questions about how it went so badly wrong. It takes a detailed look at the entire campaign, including the birth of the strategy, the tactics used during the landings and subsequent battles, and the final withdrawal. This ebook edition includes 15 photographs and maps.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go back in time? Have you ever wanted to ask an expert what it would be like to walk the streets of ancient Athens or Rome, or serve on one of Nelson's ships? Now you can via the Now That You Asked... series of books from Fireship Press. Now That You Asked: Nelson's Navy starts with a tour of a 74-gun ship-of-the-line; and details what life was like for her officers and men. How did they live? What were their duties? What were their rewards and their punishments? How did they eat, sleep, drink, have fun, and express their sorrow? Almost 100 specific questions are asked and answered. This is a "must read" book for anyone interested in nautical fiction, or in understanding the ships and men of the Age of Sail. Now That You Asked: Nelson's Navy is a Fireship Press CONTEMPORIZED CLASSICT and is based on John Masefield's 1905 book: Sea Life in Nelson's Time.
"When we got into the road together, I could not see a yard in front of me. There was nothing but darkness and drifting snow and the gleam of the drifts where the light of the lantern fell. There was no question of losing the road; for the road was a Devon lane, narrow and deep, built by the ancient Britons, so everybody says, to give them protection as they went down to the brooks for water. If it had been an open road, I could never have found my way for fifty yards. I was strongly built for a boy; even at sea I never suffered much from the cold, and this night was not intensely cold—snowy weather seldom is. What made the ride so exhausting was the beating of the snow into my eyes and mouth. It fell upon me in a continual dry feathery pelting, till I was confused and tired out with the effort of trying to see ahead." John Masefield was an English poet and writer, was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930. Among his best known works are the children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and the poems "The Everlasting Mercy" and "Sea-Fever."