A conversation from both sides of the hills of Gallipoli

Published on Aug 19, 2015

On the Centenary of the August Offensive at Gallipoli Ms Alex Sloan will engage Brigadier Chris Roberts AM CSC (Rtd) and Associate Professor Mesut Uyar in a thought provoking conversation focusing on perspectives from both sides of the hills of Gallipoli. This conversation will draw from the recently published books The Landing at Anzac 1915 by Brigadier Roberts (Rtd), and The Ottoman Defence against the Anzac Landing 25 April 1915 by Associate Professor Uyar.

About the authors

Brigadier Chris Roberts AM CSC (Rtd) spent 35 years in the Australian Army, including operational service in South Vietnam with 3 SAS Squadron, Adjutant 5 RAR, OC1 SAS Squadron and Brigade Major 1 Task Force. More Senior appointments included Commanding Officer of the SAS Regiment, Commander Special Forces, Director General Corporate Planning - Army and Commander Northern Command.

Since retiring in 1999, he has undertaken projects for the Military History Section of the Australian War Memorial, and was recently appointed Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Canberra. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon; the University of Western Australia (BA Honours in History); the Army Staff College; the United States Armed Forces Staff College; and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies.

Associate Professor Mesut Uyar graduated from the Turkish Military Academy in 1991, later completing an MA in politics and a PhD in international relations at Istanbul University. During his military career he served as a platoon leader and company and battalion commander in various infantry units, completing several tours as a United Nations military observer in Georgia and as a staff officer in Afghanistan. He was appointed Assistant Professor of international relations at the Turkish Military Academy where he served for ten years. He was also curator of the Military Academy Archive and Museum Division for five years, during which time he began his research on Ottoman military history. He is currently Associate Professor of Ottoman military history at UNSW Canberra.