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Digger Smith and Australia's Great War : Ordinary Name - Extraordinary Stories - Peter Stanley

Digger Smith and Australia's Great War

Ordinary Name - Extraordinary Stories


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Smiths were among the first men to land at Gallipoli. Smiths fought and died at Pozières, Bullecourt and Passchendaele. Smiths were wounded – and treated by doctors and nurses named Smith.

At home, Smiths penned patriotic doggerel and spoke vociferously against conscription. There was Grace Cossington Smith and her iconic painting The Sock Knitter, and Victor Smith, who designed a guided missile in his dad’s workshop in suburban Brisbane. Australia’s Smiths included the AIF’s senior policeman, a Jewish VC, and the war’s most famous Australian aviators. They and thousands of more humble Smiths reflect the hopes and fears, the tragedies and the triumph of Australia in the Great War.

Then there are the German-Australian Smiths, the Schmidts, who fought for Australia even as Schmidts at home were vilified and interned. Just as the Great War affected all Australians, we can see the great range of their experience through the lives and deaths of those sharing the most common, representative surname.

About the Author

Dr Peter Stanley is Australia’s most prolific writer on the Great War. He has published 25 books, most dealing with the experience of war in Australia and Britain. Peter’s books include Tarakan, White Mutiny, For Fear of Pain, Quinn’s Post, Anzac, Gallipoli, Invading Australia and Men of Mont St Quentin. His books published by Pier 9 include Commando to Colditz, Bad Characters and Simpson’s Donkey. Formerly the Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial, where he worked from 1980 to 2007, he heads the Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum of Australia and is an adjunct professor at the Australian National University and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Notesp. 4
Introduction 'little Smith uv Collin'wood'p. 6
The Smiths in 1914p. 12
Digger Smith volunteersp. 20
Digger Smith sails awayp. 27
Digger Smith on Gallipolip. 31
Digger Smith in uniformp. 42
Smiths that went and Smiths that stayedp. 48
Patriotic Smithsp. 58
Digger Smith is promotedp. 68
Smith the sailorp. 74
The Smiths at homep. 82
Digger Smith on the movep. 94
Digger Smith on the Sommep. 102
The Schmidtsp. 111
Digger Smith in battlep. 120
The Smiths and conscriptionp. 126
Digger Smith plays upp. 135
Digger Schmidtp. 144
Digger Smith in the desertp. 150
Digger Smith in Blightyp. 159
Master and Miss Smithp. 166
Digger Smith is woundedp. 174
Sister Smithp. 181
Smith the war workerp. 188
Digger Smith attacksp. 195
Digger Smith behind the wirep. 202
Schmidts internedp. 209
Alias Digger Smithp. 218
Smith the strikerp. 226
Digger Smith is decoratedp. 232
Digger Smith on the Somme againp. 243
Smiths in the skyp. 254
Inventive Smithsp. 264
Smith the suspectp. 270
Digger Smith diesp. 278
Digger Smith and the Armisticep. 286
Digger Smith comes homep. 290
The Smiths and The Repatp. 302
Digger Smith's widowp. 309
Smith the soldier-settlerp. 315
The war and Digger Smithp. 320
Epilogue Remembering Digger Smithp. 328
The Smiths and Schmidts in this bookp. 336
Researching Digger Smithp. 351
Acknowledgmentsp. 356
Photo and Text creditsp. 358
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9781741966800
ISBN-10: 1741966809
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.2  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 1