Fifty Australians

War left its impact on generations of Australians who lived through the twentieth century. These were disruptive and traumatic times. Much of this population experienced either one or both of the world wars. Others would be affected by the Korean and Vietnam Wars or later commitments. Australia ’s involvement in wars and conflicts became a backdrop to millions of lives and was a part of the community’s collective experience.

Fifty Australians provides a cross-section of Australians – sometimes a leader, a hero, or even a rogue – who saw war and its effects. Some of these men and women gave their lives, others became renowned for their wartime courage or example, while others, affected for better or worse, emerged to face the peace where they would make their own particular mark. Each has a fascinating story.