'It's a treasure trove. It's previously unknown, candid images of our troops just out of the line. Men with the fear and experiences of battle written on their faces.' General Sir Peter Cosgrove
In this beautiful new edition of the bestseller The Lost Diggers, investigative journalist Ross Coulthart, winner of the PM's Literary Award for History, brings together stunning images of Western Front diggers and the amazing stories behind them.
A trove of portraits taken by photographers Louis and Antoinette Thuillier in the tiny French town of Vignacourt just behind the front lines were discovered a century later by Coulthart. The collection of glass plates has been hailed as one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made. Every face tells an extraordinary story - some battle-weary and haunted; others enjoying a brief break from war.
Now after years of meticulous research and with the help of descendants, Coulthart can reveal many of the previously untold stories behind many of the 330-plus diggers portrayed.
Fully revised and expanded, this paperback edition includes a wealth of new information including soldiers newly identified with the aid of their families.
'These stunning black and white photographs stand as mute, yet eloquent, witness to the courage of soldiers and the horror of war ... Remarkably informative, beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched ...' - Ross Fitzgerald, Sydney Morning Herald
Number Of Pages: 400
Available: 21st November 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU