HELL???S BELLS AND MADEMOISELLES is a riveting first-hand account of the role of 18th Battalion AIF in the First World War as seen through the eyes of one of its most decorated soldiers, the irrepressible Joe Maxwell. Often described as Australia???s second most decorated soldier of the First World War, Joe Maxwell enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8 February 1915 and served at Gallipoli before being transferred to the Western Front. In just over twelve months he was commissioned and decorated four times for his bravery. He was just 22 at the end of the war. An apprentice boilermaker before the war, Maxwell returned to Australia in 1919 and worked variously as a gardener and journalist. In 1932 Angus & Robertson published his colourful, bestselling autobiography about his war experiences, Hell???s Bells and Mademoiselles, written in collaboration with Hugh Buggy. This hugely entertaining memoir has been long out of print and is highly sought after. Joe was in most of the major battles of the Western Front, and graphically describes the action he saw, as well as the larrikinism and high jinks - and romantic adventures - of the off-duty diggers. Attempting to enlist for service during the Second World War, Maxwell was rejected on the grounds of his age, before succeeding under an alias in Queensland - until his identity was discovered and he was forced to seek discharge. In 1967, aged 71, he died of a heart attack. Joe is one of the diggers featured in Ross Coulthart???s THE LOST DIGGERS and was present at the Armistice Day celebrations in Villecourt, the village where the LOST DIGGERS photographs were taken.