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  • Unknown Binding
  • ISBN-10: 1780964579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780964577
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR I
ROBERT FLEMING
OSPREY PUBLISHING, 2012
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $17.95, 48 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ILLUSTRATIONS, TABLES, INDEX

Australia entered the war behind Great Britain on an equal upsurge of patriotism. Although Australian troops had participated in earlier colonial wars-notably the Boer War-World War I was the first real opportunity to prove their loyalty: "To be allowed to share in the perils and glories of the battlefields as part of a British Army, was regarded at once as a distinction of which Australia might be proud, and as a guarantee of their future position as British subjects." This attitude is hardly surprising, given that the population of Australia of European descent was estimated at 96% British; but despite Prime Minister Andrew Fisher's declaration that Australia would support Britain "to the last man and the last shilling", a small minority of the population of Irish descent (an estimated 1/3 of those of British origin) followed the Irish Nationalist opposition to support British interests in the war.

The qualities of the Australian soldier in the war were unique, and in contemporary opinions resulted from the independent spirit of those who colonized the frontiers of civilization, the "men from the bush", even though many recruits were either recently arrived immigrants from Britain or from the urban centers.

It was those unique qualities of independence and self-reliance that infuriated the more traditional members of the British military establishment: British officers could never become used to the Australian habit of addressing their officers by first name or for showing scant concern for the usual military ranks and conventions.
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I purchased this book in anticipation of Anzac Day which occurs on April 25. This holiday celebrates the anniversary of the Australians landing at Gallipoli on April 25,1915. My hobby is painting World War I soldiers. This book is very helpful in my pursuit of this hobby. The art work on the plates and the explanation of the different types of uniforms the Australian soldiers wore and the equipment they carried in various theaters during World War I is is up to Osprey's usual high standards. The book is written in a clear concise format. I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in either Australian Military History or contributions that the nations of the British Empire made to the Allied cause in World War I.
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Another great book from osprey, fantastic colour plates by Mike Chappell as always, but PLEASE stop painting folded pugaree's on Aussies from the first world war!!!!!!
A plain green wool or felt hat band was worn by all corps until 1917 when the Light Horse started to wear a similar folded hat band as was on the Wolesley helmets.
Great info but the reader needs to know a bit about the WW1 period beforehand.
I found it compliments the WW1 Kiwi book very well.
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By Scott Bailey on March 29, 2014
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This book describes this nation contribution to WW1. The training and organization of each division is covered. I like how each theater is described and the outcome detailed. Great drawing and pictures complete this book.
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