Dinkum Diggers : An Australian Battalion at War
Tall, bronzed, hardy, resourceful, independent and loyal. These mythical characteristics of the Anzac "Diggers" are central to the idea of what it means to be Australian. But did the soldiers themselves fit the stereotype, and does the myth match the reality? This study strips away celebratory generalisations and measures the Anzac legend against the actual experiences of one battalion that fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in World War I. The diaries and letters written by soldiers of the First Battalion reveal attitudes, insights, comments and criticisms that qualify and even contradict the Anzac legend. The book includes original photographs of Anzacs at the Front.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 294.84g
- 01 Jul 2001
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
About Dale James Blair
Dr Dale Blair lives in Emerald, Victoria, and completed his honours degree at La Trobe University in 1993. His doctoral thesis concentrated on the Great War and was completed at Victoria University of Technology.