The Broken Years

The Broken Years

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"We just fell down and slept, rain and all, and shells falling all about us, but we were too exhausted to bother; we didn't mind if we were killed; it was terrible." "We thought we knew something of the horrors of war, but we were mere recruits, and have had our full education in one day." These are the words of men responding to the grotesque realities of war. When the Great War started in 1914, most Australians believed in patriotism, military heroism and loyalty to the British Empire. As the war dragged on, as the horrors intensified and the casualty lists grew, patriotism gave way to cynicism and courage to despair. By the time the conflict ended, basic changes had taken place in the minds of many fighting men, and their lives were never the same again. In The Broken Years, using the diaries and letters of 1,000 Australian soldiers, Bill Gammage reconstructs with great sensitivity the valour and the tragedy of their experience. He shows how and why the Great War had profound effects on the attitudes and ideals of Australia as a nation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 228 x 294 x 30mm | 1,560.35g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 052285494X
  • 9780522854947
  • 632,552

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"Using the diaries and letters of 1000 Australian soldiers, Bill Gammage reconstructs with great sensitivity the valour and the tragedy of their experience." --"Campus Review"
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About Bill Gammage

Bill Gammage is a professor at the Australian National University Humanities Research Centre and a former professor of history at the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Adelaide. He is the author of "An Australian in the First World War," "Narrandera Shire," and "The Sky Travellers: Journeys in New Guinea 1938-39." He served as the historical adviser for the film "Gallipoli," as well as numerous other World War I documentaries.
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