Great Battles in Australian History

Great Battles in Australian History


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"Yes, we could fight all right. Nobody could fight better than us diggers."  —Jack Buntine, veteran of Gallipoli and the Western Front Great Battles in Australian
This history tells the story of the 40 most remarkable conflicts involving Australians through the eyes of the great heroes who were there. Alongside them, we can ride a horse into battle to save a wounded bugler in the Boer War; charge up the cliffs with the Anzacs at Gallipoli to help forge the legend; ride history's last great cavalry charge with the legendary Light Horse; shoot Japanese planes down as they bomb Darwin; beat off Hitler's Desert Fox, Rommel, with the "Rats of Tobruk;" escape from a Viet Cong ambush in a tropical downpour; or slide down a rope from a helicopter into the jaws of a Taliban attack in Afghanistan. Many of these great warriors won the Victoria Cross; some died winning it. As historian Jonathan King takes us to the battlefields of long ago and then on a rollercoaster-ride right up to the war in Afghanistan, he brings history alive, laying bare the significance of each battle. Despite the heroics and the glory, the devastation that war wreaks is inescapable. This book serves as a tribute to all the Australian servicemen and women who have fought selflessly for their country over the last two centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781742374574
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr Jonathan King is the award-winning author of more than 30 historical books, and has interviewed many veterans from Gallipoli, the Western Front, and other conflicts. He specializes in military history, and has led tour groups to Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Timeline xx

Vinegar Hill, 5 March 1804: The Irish Rebellion comes to Australia 1

Eureka Rebellion, 3 December 1854: The bloody battle for democratic rights 9

Boer War, 24 July 1900: Australia's first Victoria Cross 21

Sydney battles Emden, 9 November 1914: The Royal Australian Navy's first single-ship action and kill 29

Gallipoli landing, 25 April 1915: Australia's greatest battle 38

The sinking of Australia's Gallipoli submarine, 25-30 April 1915: The sub that ran the gauntlet 52

Courtney's Post, 19 May 1915: Australian bastards' repulse massive Turkish counterattack 64

Lone Pine, 6-10 August 1915: The greatest bastard in the world' 73

The Nek, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915: Slaughter on the tennis court of death 83

Fromelles, 19-20 July 1916: Australia's blackest battle 93

Pozieres, 23 July 1916: The worst killing field of all 101

First Bullecourt, 11 April 1917: Betrayed by British tanks 114

Second Bulleeourt, 3-17 May 1917: 'The stoutest achievement of the Australian soldier in Francs' 123

Messines, 7 June 1917: Tunnelling to victory 132

Polygon Wood, 26 September 1917: Premonitions of death at Polygon Wood 141

Broodseinde, 4 October 1917: Attacking forces meet head-on 149

Passehendaele, 12 October 1917: The bloody muddy hell of Passchendaele 157

Beersheba, 31 October 1917 : History's last successful cavalry charge 166

Villers-Bretonneux, 24-25 April 1918: Anzac Day revenge 177

Hamel, 4 July 1918: Blooding the Yanks in a turning-point battle 186

Amiens, 8 August 1918: 'The black day of the German army' 196

Mont St Quentin and Péronne, 31 August

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