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Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles : A True Story of Life, Love and Larrikinism on the Western Front - Joe Maxwell

Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles

A True Story of Life, Love and Larrikinism on the Western Front

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Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles is the rollicking eyewitness account of the role of 18th Battalion AIF in the First World War by one of its most decorated soldiers, the irrepressible Joe Maxwell.

Maxwell served at Gallipoli before being transferred to the Western Front. In just twelve months during 1917-1918 he was commissioned and awarded the DCM, Military Cross and Bar, and VC.

This colourful memoir is a unique record of life as a World War One digger: Joe was in most of the major battles of the Western Front and graphically describes the action he saw, as well as the notorious larrikinism -and romantic adventures-of the off-duty diggers.

With a new Afterword detailing Maxwell's life after repatriation back to Australia, this is an edition to be treasured.

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        Describes the reality of war without the glory. An insight into the times and experiences of those who lived through the First World War. A great gift for those interested in history.

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        Behind the scenes account of WW1

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          Comments about Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles:

          Written in the 1930s, the writing style takes a little getting used to. Read between the lines to get a fascinating account of realistic, day to day life of soldiers at war and play. Unlike most war books, it has more than just factual battle scenarios. Subtle humour and humble portrayals of unimaginable events, plus the girls and booze!. An awesome book I received as a gift, most gratefully. Highly recommended.

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          THIS IS A BOOK THAT IS HARD TO PUT DOWN

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            Comments about Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles:

            This book is hard to put down but some times very hard to keep reading as it depicts the horrors of war and just how easy it was to die and how hard and some times amazing to stay alive. It defines the Australian spirit, mateship and larikan. I'm glad I wasn't there, but I'm certainly glad the men in this book and all the others were there for us.

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            A soldier's view of WW1

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              ISBN: 9780732296650
              ISBN-10: 073229665X
              Audience: General
              Format: Hardcover
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 304
              Published: 1st November 2012
              Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 14.3  x 2.5
              Weight (kg): 0.32