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Fromelles & Pozieres : in the trenches of hell / Peter FitzSimons.

Fromelles & Pozieres : in the trenches of hell / Peter FitzSimons.
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940.4144 FITZ
Adult Non Fiction   Double Bay . Available .  
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ISBN 9781742759500 (hardback)
1742759505 (hardback)
Author FitzSimons, Peter author.
Title Fromelles & Pozieres : in the trenches of hell / Peter FitzSimons.
Publisher/Date North Sydney, NSW : Random House Australia, 2015.
copyright2015
Pagination etc. xxi, 793 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Note On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers -- in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front -- attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5500 were wounded and just under 1900 were dead -- a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'. Just days later, three Australian Divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties. Of that bitter battle, the great Australian war correspondent Charles Bean would write, 'The field of Pozières is more consecrated by Australian fighting and more hallowed by Australian blood than any field which has ever existed ...' Yet the sad truth is that, nearly a century on from those battles, Australians know only a fraction of what occurred. This book brings the battles back to life and puts the reader in the moment, illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan. With his extraordinary vigour and commitment to research, Peter FitzSimons shows why this is a story about which all Australians can be proud. And angry.
Subject Fromelles, Battle of, Fromelles, France, 1916
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France -- Fromelles
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France -- Pozières
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France
World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, Australian
Shelf Location 940.4144 FITZ
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