Great Battles in Australian History

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-01
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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.

Author Biography

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

Introductionp. xiii
Timelinep. xx
Vinegar Hill, 5 March 1804: The Irish Rebellion comes to Australiap. 1
Eureka Rebellion, 3 December 1854: The bloody battle for democratic rightsp. 9
Boer War, 24 July 1900: Australia's first Victoria Crossp. 21
Sydney battles Emden, 9 November 1914: The Royal Australian Navy's first single-ship action and killp. 29
Gallipoli landing, 25 April 1915: Australia's greatest battlep. 38
The sinking of Australia's Gallipoli submarine, 25-30 April 1915: The sub that ran the gauntletp. 52
Courtney's Post, 19 May 1915: Australian bastards' repulse massive Turkish counterattackp. 64
Lone Pine, 6-10 August 1915: The greatest bastard in the world'p. 73
The Nek, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915: Slaughter on the tennis court of deathp. 83
Fromelles, 19-20 July 1916: Australia's blackest battlep. 93
Pozieres, 23 July 1916: The worst killing field of allp. 101
First Bullecourt, 11 April 1917: Betrayed by British tanksp. 114
Second Bulleeourt, 3-17 May 1917: 'The stoutest achievement of the Australian soldier in Francs'p. 123
Messines, 7 June 1917: Tunnelling to victoryp. 132
Polygon Wood, 26 September 1917: Premonitions of death at Polygon Woodp. 141
Broodseinde, 4 October 1917: Attacking forces meet head-onp. 149
Passehendaele, 12 October 1917: The bloody muddy hell of Passchendaelep. 157
Beersheba, 31 October 1917 : History's last successful cavalry chargep. 166
Villers-Bretonneux, 24-25 April 1918: Anzac Day revengep. 177
Hamel, 4 July 1918: Blooding the Yanks in a turning-point battlep. 186
Amiens, 8 August 1918: 'The black day of the German army'p. 196
Mont St Quentin and Péronne, 31 August
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