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    Description"The ordeal of the night was plainly visible on all faces, ghastly white showing through masks of grim and dried sweat, eyes glassy, protruding, and full of horror seen only upon men who have lived through a heavy bombardment." So wrote Harold Roy Williams of his time in the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.Having enlisted in 1915 and serving in the 56th Battalion Australian Imperial Force, Williams had only arrived in France, from Egypt, on 30 June 1916. He describes the horrors of the Fromelles battlefield in shocking clarity and the conditions the troops had to endure are revealed in disturbing detail.Surviving a later gas attack, Harold Williams' subsequent postings read like a tour of the Western Front. Following the Sommethere was the mud and squalor of the line south of Ypres, the German Spring Offensive of 1918, the Battle of Amiens - frequently described as the most decisive battle against the Germans in France and Flanders - the capture of Villers-Bretonneux and, finally, the assault on Peronne.Injured at Peronne and invalided back to the United Kingdom, Williams survived the war to return to Australia in 1919. An Anzacon the Western Front is his graphic description of his service in the First World War - an account that was described as "the best soldier's story ...yet read in Australia" when it was first published.


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    Title
    An Anzac on the Western Front
    Subtitle
    The Personal Recollections of an Australian Infantryman from 1916 to 1918
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) H. R. Williams, Edited by Martin Mace, Edited by John Grehan
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848847675
    ISBN 10: 184884767X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D, 1MBF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, BM
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBWN
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET026
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AUSTRL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    B&T Approval Code: A14204054, A44100000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027090, HIS027120, BIO026000, HIS004000
    BIC subject category V2: 1D, 3JJF, 1MBF
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    DC23: 940.48194
    Illustrations note
    30 B&W Images
    Publisher
    Pen & Sword Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Pen & Sword Military
    Publication date
    19 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    South Yorkshire
    Review quote
    Williams first action was at Fromelles about which he provides a detailed account. The Bulletin