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Fromelles And Pozi Res

Author : Peter FitzSimons
ISBN : 9780143786344
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In the Trenches of Hell On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers - in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front - attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles in northern France. By the next day, there were over 5500 casualties, including nearly 2000 dead - a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history. Just days later, three Australian Divisions attacked German positions at nearby Poziores, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties. Of that bitter battle, the great Australian war correspondent Charles Bean would write, 'The field of Poziores is more consecrated by Australian fighting and more hallowed by Australian blood than any field which has ever existed . . .' Yet the sad truth is that, nearly a century on from those battles, Australians know only a fraction of what occurred. This book brings the battles back to life and puts the reader in the moment, illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan. With his extraordinary vigour and commitment to research, Peter FitzSimons shows why this is a story about which all Australians can be proud. And angry.

Over The Top

Author : H. G. Hartnett
ISBN : 9781458742865
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Australia's diggers didn't go 'over the top' for King and Country, they did it for their mates and their battalion - extraordinary deeds performed by ordinary men. Henry George Hartnett, known as 'Harry', joined the Australian Imperial Force on 13 September 1915 at the age of 23. He saw action on the Western Front at Fromelles and on the Somme, receiving his first 'Blighty', a wound so serious he was sent back to Britain for treatment, in the Battle of Pozires. Upon his recovery, he returned to 'tour' the front with his battalion - an endless cycle of fighting interspersed with brief rest periods behind the lines. In this book Harry recalls the battles, the long marches, and the many amusing events that provided escape from the horrors of the battlefront. His moving descriptions give the reader insight into the unshakeable bonds forged between men trapped in situations they could never have imagined. Over the Top takes the reader on an eye-opening tour of life in and behind the trenches on the Western Front. Harry's book, which has never before been published, is a magnificent gift to Australia.
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1916 Fromelles And The Somme

Author : Peter Burness
ISBN : 9781920720698
Genre : Fromelles, Battle of, Fromelles, France, 1916
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Australians on the Western Front—1916 Fromelles and the Somme is the first book in the Australians on the Western Front 1916-1918 series developed by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. It highlights the year 1916, which was the mid-point of the Great War, and which marked the arrival of the first Australian divisions in France and their entry into the first great battles pf the Western Front. This eBook features exclusive content including a 1916 newsreel on the Conscription Referendum Campaign featuring Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes. In addition, two short files titled 'Australia in France' show the Australians preparing for the first major battles on the Somme.
Category: Fromelles, Battle of, Fromelles, France, 1916


Author : Christopher Wray
ISBN : 9781107093485
Genre : History
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Christopher Wray explores the impact the battle of Pozières has had on Australia, and how it is remembered today.
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The Anzac Illusion

Author : Eric Montgomery Andrews
ISBN : 052141914X
Genre : History
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This provocative book is reassessment of Australia's role in World War I and its relations with Britain.
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Battle Scarred

Author : Craig Deayton
ISBN : 9780987057402
Genre : Soldiers
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One of the shortest lived and most battle hardened of the 1st Australian Imperial Forces battalions, the 47th was formed in Egypt in 1916 and disbanded two years later having suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any Australian unit. Their story is remarkable for many reasons. Dogged by command and discipline troubles and bled white by the desperate attrition battles of 1916 and 1917, they fought on against a determined and skilful enemy in battles where the fortunes of war seemed stacked against them at every turn. Not only did they have the misfortune to be called into some of the A.I.F.s most costly campaigns, chance often found them in the worst places within those battles. Though their story is one of almost unrelieved tragedy, it is also story of remarkable courage, endurance and heroism. It is the story of the 1st A.I.F. itself - punished, beaten, sometimes reviled for their indiscipline, they fought on - fewer, leaner and harder - until final victory was won. And at its end, in an extraordinary gesture of mateship, the remnants of the 47th Battalion reunited. Having been scattered to other units after their disbandment, the survivors gathered in Belgium for one last photo together. Only 73 remained.
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The Anatomy Of A Raid

Author : Ted Smith
ISBN : 9780850526493
Genre : History
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A seemingly unnecessary raid made by men of the 10th Battalion A.I.F. on Celtic Wood, Broodseinde on the 9th October 1917 resulted in the unrecorded deaths of 37 of the raiding party. The mystery of how they died has never been solved. The conclusion reached in this book prompts thoughts as to why the military authorities never conducted an investigation at the time, and why the raid was planned in the first place.
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Pozieres 1916

Author : Peter Charlton
ISBN : 0436095807
Genre : History
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Forgotten And Lost Archival Research Of Aerial Photographic Collections Of The Western Front 1914 1918

Author : Birger Stichelbaut
ISBN : 9789612548315
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Historical aerial photographs are an often overlooked source of information for archaeological, historical and landscape research. This monograph provides an overview and introduction to the collections which found their origin in the First World War and which are amongst the earliest systematic aerial collections. Along the Western Front from the end of 1915 onwards, aerial photo-reconnaissance units were sent out to record the outline of the enemy’s defences. The photographs were produced by an almost industrial process, brought together over four years, and survive in large quantities; archival collections are spread out across Europe, the United States and even Australia. The most important and interesting collections are discussed and dealt with, with a focus on their content, quantity, and geographic distribution. ------------------- Zgodovinske letalske fotografije so pri arheoloških, zgodovinskih in pokrajinskih študijah večkrat prezrt vir informacij. Monografija ponuja pregled nad kolekcijami, ki izhajajo iz prve svetovne vojne in sodijo med najzgodnejše sistematične zbirke fotografij posnetih iz zraka. Od leta 1915 naprej so vzdolž Zahodne fronte zračne opazovalne enote registrirale obrise sovražnikovih obrambnih položajev. Fotografije, ki so jih izdelovali v domala industrijskem obsegu in jih zbirali skozi širi leta, so se v velikem obsegu ohranile. Hranijo jih arhivi, ki so razprostranjeni po vsej Evropi, v Združenih državah Amerike in celo v Avstraliji. Opisane so najpomembnejše in najbolj zanimive zbirke letalskih fotografij Zahodne fronte, s posebnim poudarkom na njihovi vsebini, obsegu in geografski razprostranjenosti.


Author : Peter FitzSimons
ISBN : 9780857984562
Genre : Social Science
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On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail. Peter tells this iconic tale in GALLIPOLI. History comes to life with Peter FitzSimons. Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire. But, counter-intuitively, it would signify something perhaps even greater for the defeated Australians and New Zealanders involved: the birth of their countries' sense of nationhood. Now approaching its centenary, the Gallipoli campaign, commemorated each year on Anzac Day, reverberates with importance as the origin and symbol of Australian and New Zealand identity. As such, the facts of the battle - which was minor against the scale of the First World War and cost less than a sixth of the Australian deaths on the Western Front - are often forgotten or obscured. Peter FitzSimons, with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research, recreates the disaster as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt.
Category: Social Science