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Forgotten War, The : Australia and the Boer War - Laurie Field

Forgotten War, The

Australia and the Boer War

Paperback Published: 31st January 1991
ISBN: 9780522846553
Number Of Pages: 248

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Sixteen thousand men went from Australia to the Boer War in South Africa between 1899 and 1902: more than 500 of them died there. Though the nation honoured its dead with ceremonies and monuments, the enormity of the following two world wars overshadowed the legacy of this terrible and bloody conflict. But it should always be remembered that the Boer War soldiers are the precursors of the Anzac Legend and this period marks the soldier's emergence as a folk hero.
The Forgotten War charts the course of the Australian troops in South Africa, appraising their performance in the field and exploring the curious relationship between Imperial command and colonial troops. This classic study also looks at the home front, examining ways in which the public, the press and the governments reacted to the initial call to arms, to set-backs and defeats, and to the injustice that met 'Breaker' Morant.
The Forgotten War clearly demonstrates that at the time of Federation, Australians were forging an identity in the furnace of the Boer War that would remain pervasive for a long time to come.

The Australian Commitment to the South African Warp. 1
Preparations for Warp. 35
The First and Second Contingents in the Fieldp. 79
The Bushmen, the Draft Contingents, and the Australian Commonwealth Horsep. 129
Opinions of the Australian Soldierp. 180
App. A Report of the Commandants' Conferencep. 189
App. B Colonial Office Despatch of 3 October 1899p. 192
App. C Details of Colonial Contingentsp. 193
App. D Selected Casualtiesp. 199
App. E Australian Decorationsp. 200
Abbreviationsp. 201
Notesp. 202
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780522846553
ISBN-10: 0522846556
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 31st January 1991
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1