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The Australian Army in World War I (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – June 19, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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Good concise overview of the Australians' experience in the First World War. Presents a quick account of what they did, paving the way for more detailed accounts in other works.Published 16 months ago by David Dewar
Small book but good information about the fighting souls of Australia. Nice descriptions of heroism and camardierie read it soonPublished on August 21, 2013 by drnancy