ANZACs and Ireland

Jeff Kildea

The people of Australia and Ireland have much in common based on genealogy and a shared heritage. The connections between ANZACs and the Irish in the First World War have been little known until now. Historian Jeff Kildea tells the story of Australian and Irish soldiers who fought alongside each other at Gallipoli, the Western Front and in Palestine and the thousands of Irish born men and women who enlisted in the Australian forces. But it was in Ireland itself that Australian soldiers cemented their relationships with Ireland and its people, as tourists on leave, as countrymen returning home and in some cases becoming involved in the Easter Rising of 1916. Some failed to return home and are buried in Irish soil. Soft cover, photographs, 295 pages.