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Fromelles & Pozieres : In The Trenches Of Hell  - Peter FitzSimons

Fromelles & Pozieres

In The Trenches Of Hell

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On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers – in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front – attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5500 were wounded and just under 1900 were dead – a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as ‘the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'.

Just days later, three Australian Divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties. Of that bitter battle, the great Australian war correspondent Charles Bean would write, ‘The field of Pozières is more consecrated by Australian fighting and more hallowed by Australian blood than any field which has ever existed . . .'

Yet the sad truth is that, nearly a century on from those battles, Australians know only a fraction of what occurred. This book brings the battles back to life and puts the reader in the moment, illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan. With his extraordinary vigour and commitment to research, Peter FitzSimons shows why this is a story about which all Australians can be proud. And angry.

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I used for research into the first world war

Yarrawonga Victoria Australia

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Very,very happy with this book

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Giving to my father in law for Christmas and I know he will just love it

Australia

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My husband loves this book

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Good reading

Australia

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A very moving book beautifully written

5

This should be required reading for everyone. Some will swell with pride others should hand their heads in shame. This book moved me to tears, made me laugh, feel very proud, made me angry, made me shake my head, made me sad. Most of all it made me grateful of what we have today. I mourn the lost souls and realised anew how little I know and thirst for more. Peter you have a gift. For being the voice for these lost men - bless you.

ACT, Australia

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Great read if sobering!

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A well researched book which "tells it like it was" in Fitzie's own unique writing style. Highly recommended.

Port Macquarie New South Wales

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Great book for World War One reading

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A great read for those interested in the first world war

Dixie vic au

A great book for a military reading friend

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Very good reading if you are into World War One reading

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ISBN: 9781742759500
ISBN-10: 1742759505
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 816
Published: 2nd November 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 15.8  x 6.1
Weight (kg): 1.01
Edition Number: 1