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Our Darkest Day : The Tragic Battle of Fromelles - Patrick Lindsay

Our Darkest Day

The Tragic Battle of Fromelles

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On 19 July 1916, in the northern French village of Fromelles, Australia suffered its worst-ever military defeat when a British of?cer ordered 15,000 of our best and bravest to go ‘over the top' and attack the German lines. Eight hours later, more than 5500 Diggers lay dead or wounded: the equivalent of all Australian casualties from the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars combined. In addition, some 400 of our boys were taken prisoner, but almost 200 vanished and remain missing to this day. Fromelles ranks as Australia's worst military disaster, yet until recently it barely rated a mention in our history books and was absent from our war memorials. In an enthralling and passionate historical retelling, Patrick Lindsay travels across the world to the killing ?elds of northern France in his quest to honour our fallen, and unravel one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of World War I. Fromelles tells the story of tragic battle and the discovery of the location of the largest mass war grave site since the Second World War at Pheasant Wood. This edition includes the recovery of the Diggers remains and the opening of the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in 2010. "Remains have now been uncovered in all ? ve suspected World War I grave sites in Northern France … This is a signi?cant day for Australia." Major General Mike O'Brien.

About the Author

Patrick Lindsay spent over 25 years as a journalist and television presenter before he began writing full-time in 2001. Since then he has published The Spirit of Kokoda, The Essence of Kokoda, The Spirit of the Digger, Back from the Dead, The Spirit of Gallipoli, Cosgrove: Portrait of a Leader as well as a series of short, inspirational books under the It's Never Too Late banner.

Prologue: A Magnificent Obsessionp. ix
Introduction: Brave Bloodp. 1
The Brewing Stormp. 11
At the Crossroads of Historyp. 20
The Anzacs' Journeyp. 30
To the 'Nursery'p. 40
An Austrian Lance-Corporalp. 48
In the Presence of Deathp. 55
Loose Thinkingp. 64
Hopping the Bagsp. 82
Lost in the Fog of Warp. 107
Don't Forget Me, Cobber!p. 129
Counting the Costp. 143
The Cover-Upp. 151
We Are the Deadp. 163
Epilogue: Harry Willis' Storyp. 201
The Order of Battle, Fromellesp. 213
The Missing Diggers of Fromellesp. 217
5th Division AIF Deaths, Fromellesp. 221
Casualties of World War Ip. 223
Brothers who Died at the Battle of Fromellesp. 225
Major-General von Braun Order No. 5220p. 229
Acknowledgementsp. 233
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9781742701929
ISBN-10: 1742701922
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition