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From battle on the high seas in the 18th century, to the peace-keeping forces in the 21st century, award-winning author Dr Jonathan King describes the battles that have had the greatest influence on Australian history. '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 HISTORY tells the story of the forty 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.
Jonathan King (Author) : Dr Jonathan King is the award-winning author of over 30 historical books, and has interviewed many veterans from Gallipoli, the Western Front and other conflicts. He specialises in military history, and has led tour groups to Gallipoli and the Western Front.
Table of Contents
Vinegar Hill, 5 March 1804: The Irish Rebellion comes to Australia
Eureka Rebellion, 3 December 1854: The bloody battle for democratic rights
Boer War, 24 July 1900: Australia's first Victoria Cross
Sydney battles Emden, 9 November 1914: The Royal Australian Navy's first single-ship action and kill
Gallipoli landing, 25 April 1915: Australia's greatest battle
The sinking of Australia's Gallipoli submarine, 25-30 April 1915: The sub that ran the gauntlet
Courtney's Post, 19 May 1915: Australian bastards' repulse massive Turkish counterattack
Lone Pine, 6-10 August 1915: The greatest bastard in the world'
The Nek, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915: Slaughter on the tennis court of death
Fromelles, 19-20 July 1916: Australia's blackest battle
Pozieres, 23 July 1916: The worst killing field of all
First Bullecourt, 11 April 1917: Betrayed by British tanks
Second Bulleeourt, 3-17 May 1917: 'The stoutest achievement of the Australian soldier in Francs'
Messines, 7 June 1917: Tunnelling to victory
Polygon Wood, 26 September 1917: Premonitions of death at Polygon Wood
Broodseinde, 4 October 1917: Attacking forces meet head-on
Passehendaele, 12 October 1917: The bloody muddy hell of Passchendaele
Beersheba, 31 October 1917 : History's last successful cavalry charge
Villers-Bretonneux, 24-25 April 1918: Anzac Day revenge
Hamel, 4 July 1918: Blooding the Yanks in a turning-point battle
Amiens, 8 August 1918: 'The black day of the German army'
Mont St Quentin and Péronne, 31 August
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