The battle of Fromelles 1916

Roger Lee

The Battle of Fromelles remains the single bloodiest day in terms of numbers of soldiers killed, wounded or missing, in Australia’s military history. The battle now is also one of the most controversial military episodes in Australian history. Unsurprisingly in the Twenty-First Century we find the loss of over 1,700 soldiers killed in one 24 hour period confronting. Inevitably, some have reacted by seeking to find individuals to blame or accusing authorities of a ‘cover up’. The commanders during the battle, especially the senior British commanders, are always a tempting target. This book attempts to look at the battle, free from emotion, and place the course of events and the unfurling of the tragedy into its tactical, operational and strategic setting. The Campaign Series by the Australian Army History Unit offer comprehensive and approachable books for all ages. Rich in detail and history the titles in this series are written and researched by some of Australia’s most prominent military historians. Soft cover, illustrated, 206 pages.

The battle of Fromelles 1916
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