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The Desert Column - Ion Idriess


Published: 1st May 2017
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'One hundred years after the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba in October 1917...

The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept through out the war. Published in 1932, it is one of Idriess' earliest works. Harry Chauvel noted in the foreword that it was the only book of the campaign that to his knowledge was "viewed entirely from the private soldier's point of view"...

Idriess served as a sniper with the 5th Australian Light Horse. Enlisting in 1914, he began his diary "as we crowded the decks off Gallipoli" and he continued writing until returning to Australia...

The diaries cover his experience of some of the war's major events from life in the trenches at Gallipoli to the battles at Romani and Beersheba. One of Idriess' strengths as a writer is his ability to place the reader at the scene of the action...

The diaries reveal a keenness of observation and a descriptive and pacey style that Idriess would develop further in The Desert Column.' - The Australian War Memorial

About the Author

Ion Llewellyn Idriess, who won the Order of the British Empire was a prolific and influential Australian author. He wrote over 50 books between 1927 to 1969.


Mixed feelings


Have not yet read the book but as long as it is the same as first written then all good.I was shocked and disappointed that this new printing does not have the original and amazing photographs.This fact should have beeb in the book description.It definitely would have influenced my decision whether to buy this book.

Newtown NSW.


Review of the Charge of the Light Brigade 31.10.1917


History of the best detail - the Charge of the Light Brigade on 31.10.1917 - when troops charged in the area of BeerSheba in now Israel - by Ion Idriess - who was there and recorded personally all the details of the battle

Cooranbong Australia


An interesting read


This is a dairy and an early work of Idriess so the narrative is a bit slow and you need a map to work out where he is at any time. It is a very interesting account and one of the few as far as I am aware that the author was actually in the campaign. Not for everyone but war history buffs will like it.

Melbourne Australia



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ISBN: 9781925416879
ISBN-10: 1925416879
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 1st May 2017
Publisher: ETT Imprint
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.51