It is necessary to begin this chapter on a negative note. The Gallipoli campaign does not figure prominently in French perceptions of or historical studies about the First World War, certainly when compared with the never-ending fascination that the campaign has engendered among so many British writers. Even though one of the key themes of First World War historiography over the last couple of decades has been the importance of alliance politics for an understanding of war strategy,1

it remains possible to read some recent English language accounts of the campaign which make only passing reference to the fact that France participated both in the initial naval bombardment and the later amphibious operations.2