During the First World War, in Melbourne and communities throughout Victoria, schoolchildren knitted socks for the troops serving in Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front. Their families set up Red Cross branches to support the 91,000 Victorian servicemen and women overseas. Victoria at War records the achievements of the state's soldiers, nurses and their families - including the Whitelaws from Gippsland with six sons enlisting, 'Bert' Jacka, the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War, and commander Sir John Monash. Bestselling military historian Michael McKernan commemorates the generosity, devotion, sacrifice and spirit of a community pushed towards breaking point through stories from the home front and battlefront.
About the Author
Michael McKernan is a professional writer, reviewer and commentator in the area of Australian history. He is an advisor to the ABC and appears weekly on ABC radio and is author of The Brumbies, Drought and The Strength Of A Nation.
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Michael McKernan is a cracking storyteller. In this wonderful and moving book he tells stories of soldiers on the battlefields and their families on the home front. I can't recommend it highly enough. Makes a great gift.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 25.0 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36