Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian Imperial Force
Charles Bean, historian of the citizen soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force, wrote that its history spanned "the good and the bad''. Historian Peter Stanley reveals the soldiers whom the army regarded as its "bad characters". These were men who went absent or deserted, contracted VD, got drunk and fought their comrades, who stole, malingered, behaved insolently towards officers, or committed more serious offences, including rape and murder. This frank history reveals how the First World War turned some men into criminals, but also how bad characters made the AIF the superb force it was. Soft cover, photographs, 288 pages.