The Unseen Anzac

Author: Jeff Maynard

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1925307158

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND HISTORY BOOK AWARD The previously untold story of an extraordinary man and a great war photographer. Cameras were banned at the Western Front when the Anzacs arrived in 1916, prompting correspondent Charles Bean to argue continually for Australia to have a dedicated photographer. He was eventually assigned an enigmatic polar explorer — George Hubert Wilkins. Within weeks of arriving at the front, Wilkins’ exploits were legendary. He did what no photographer had previously dared to do. He went ‘over the top’ with the troops and ran forward to photograph the actual fighting. He led soldiers into battle, captured German prisoners, was wounded repeatedly, and was twice awarded the Military Cross — all while he refused to carry a gun and armed himself only with a bulky glass-plate camera. Wilkins ultimately produced the most detailed and accurate collection of World War I photographs in the world, which is now held at the Australian War Memorial. After the war, Wilkins returned to exploring and, during the next 40 years, his life became shrouded in secrecy. His work at the Western Front was forgotten, and others claimed credit for his photographs. Throughout his life, Wilkins wrote detailed diaries and letters, but when he died in 1958 these documents were locked away. Jeff Maynard follows a trail of myth and misinformation to locate Wilkins’ lost records and to reveal the remarkable, true story of Australia’s greatest war photographer. PRAISE FOR JEFF MAYNARD ‘[A] thrilling, wonderfully researched book. Every Australian should read it. Almost every page leaves you astonished.’ The Saturday Age ‘[This] understated, well-honed biography reveals the maverick, eternally restless Wilkins as a man who refused to define his life through war alone.’ The Saturday Paper

Monash's Masterpiece

Author: Peter FitzSimons

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472129016

Category: History

Page: 448

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The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph, and strategically very important in the closing stages of WW1. A largely Australian force commanded by the brilliant John Monash, fought what has described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together, as a coordinated force. Monash planned every detail meticulously - with nothing left to chance: integrated use of planes, wireless (and even carrier pigeons!)was the basis, and it went on from there, down to the details. Infantry, artillery, tanks and planes worked together of the battlefront, with relatively few losses. In the words of Monash: 'A perfect modern battle plan is like nothing so much as a score for an orchestral composition, where the various arms and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their respective musical phrases.'


Author: Henry Reynolds,Nicholas Clements

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 9781742236384

Category: History

Page: 288

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An epic story of resistance, suffering and survival. Tongerlongeter resurrects a once-in-a-generation leader all Australians can admire. Australia has no war hero more impressive than Tongerlongeter. Leader of the Oyster Bay nation of south-east Tasmania in the 1820s and '30s, he and his allies led the most effective frontier resistance ever mounted on Australian soil. They killed or wounded some 354 - or 4 per cent - of the invaders of their country. Tongerlongeter's brilliant campaign inspired terror throughout the colony, forcing Governor George Arthur to launch a massive military operation in 1830 - the infamous Black Line. Tongerlongeter escaped but the cumulative losses had taken their toll. On New Year's Eve 1831, having lost his arm, his country, and all but 25 of his people, the chief agreed to an armistice. In exile on Flinders Island, this revered warrior united most of the remnant tribes and became the settlement's 'King' - a beacon of hope in a hopeless situation. 'Raw and engaging, Reynolds and Clements have rescued this forgotten hero from obscurity. Despite being stripped of their lore and having British law imposed upon them, Tongerlongeter and his allies fought fiercely for their country. I admire them greatly.' -- Dianne Baldock, CEO of Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation 'Through meticulous research and imaginative reconstruction, Reynolds and Clements have given Tasmania a new hero - Tongerlongeter. Australians should revere him as much as their Anzac heroes - he defended his country to the death.' -- Professor Peter Stanley, UNSW Canberra 'I felt proud reading the story of Tongerlongeter and his epic resistance who, in 19th century words, "held their ground bravely for 30 years against the invaders of their beautiful domains". Reynolds and Clements reveal the guardians of empire in turmoil. Did we know? We do now.' -- John Pilger, journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker 'Australia puts much into remembering its war dead. The Great War centenary was commemorated more extensively and intensely here than anywhere else. This is a book about a war hero, his people, and his allies, men and women who fought the longest, in proportion the bloodiest, and among the most consequential wars in Australia's history. They fought with courage and skill until almost all of them were dead, and even then, the survivors did not surrender. They fought with honour for freedom and love of country. Why have we never heard of them? Why can't we pronounce their names, let alone say them with respect? A great reckoning must come in Australia. We must be clearer on who was patriot and who invader; who was defending land, Law and people and who cast that aside. We need to see that both sides lost, one all that life and liberty hold dear, the other the keys to living with this land. This book does not remedy injustice, but it recognises it. It offers Tongerlongeter, his people and his allies respect, recognition and regret. May it be one of many such books.' -- Emeritus Professor Bill Gammage, author of The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia