The Anzacs

The Anzacs : Gallipoli to the Western Front

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This important book traces the evolution of the Australian Imperial Force from the enthusiastic amateurs of Gallipoli to the skilled warriors of the Western Front, where fighting in conditions of unspeakable horror and brutality they won their legendary reputation as 'the best infantrymen of the war and perhaps of all time'. By war's end the Australian Corps - a mere 9 per cent of the total British force - accounted for 22 per cent of total captures: a massive, and disproportionate, contribution to victory.Combining detailed battle narratives with soldiers' accounts, Peter Pedersen moves from Gallipoli through Palestine to the Western Front, graphically recreating the campaigns of a war in which over 200,000 Australians - two out of every three combatants - were killed or wounded. Including the New Zealanders at every stage, he also covers the war in the air and at sea, in dressing posts and hospitals, and on a home front devastated by casualty rates and riven over conscription.
Illustrated with over 300 photographs and artworks, this epic work recalls to memory the forgotten heroes, and the bloody campaigns, of a war that brought glory to the Australian nation but tragedy to every Australian family.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 456 pages
  • 214 x 249 x 37mm | 1,748g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.), maps
  • 0670041246
  • 9780670041244
  • 652,978

About Peter Pedersen

Dr Peter Pedersen is a leading Australian military historian who has written extensively on World War I. He is the author of the acclaimed Monash as Military Commander, books on Fromelles, Villers-Bretonneux and Hamel, and writes regularly for British and American journals. In 1990 Dr Pedersen guided Prime Ministers Thatcher and Hawke over the Gallipoli Peninsula, as part of the 75th anniversary commemoration of the campaign. He has led many tours to the Western Front and to other battlefields in Europe and Asia, including organising and leading the first British tour to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam.
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