Containing the diaries and letters of than 1,000 Australian soldiers who served in World War I, this collection vividly reconstructs the valor and tragedy of their experience The reasons behind the Great War and its profound effect on the attitudes and ideals of Australia are intertwined with intimate personal details in this beautifully constructed narrative.
This is classic Australian military history. Australian soldier's letters from the First World War are well organised by the author and tell the story of war and combat better than anyone else is able to. First rate!
This superb book records the actions of Australian soldiers 1914-1918 on Gallipoli, in Palestine and in France. Clear and straightforward narrative describes time spent in action and out of action. It is profusely illustrated with maps and photographs, some in positions of real danger.The narrative is supported by the letters and diaries of the soldiers. These are well-selected and interwoven with the text, giving a true picture of the ordeal of battle.
This book is the one that originally got my interest in the Australians in World War I. It's references to the origin of the quotations especially the age of the soldier and what happened to them makes it so much more real than the average history book. Thank you Bill Gammage for instilling a passion ini me I will always be proud of.
Really fascinating insight into the mind's of Australia's soldiers in WW1.
The definitive work of Australian's in their own words engaged in WW1. A book every Australian should read and own.