A note about ordering and delivery prior to Anzac Day:

We are currently processing a high volume of orders in the lead-up to Anzac Day. Every effort will be made to ensure you receive your products and/or reproduction material prior to Anzac Day (25 April), however we ask that you place all orders by the cut-off dates (listed below):

For Memorial Collection (image, film, sound) orders: Sunday 24 March.
For Shop (books, merchandise) orders: Sunday 7 April.

Please note: Delivery cannot be guaranteed for any orders placed after the cut-off dates.

If you require assistance with your order, please contact the eSales team directly – email esales@awm.gov.au or phone (02) 6243 4555.

The lost legions of Fromelles: The true story of the most dramatic battle in Australia's history

Peter Barton SHOP:9781760290283

Controversial and ground breaking, Peter Barton’s authoritative book on the battle of Fromelles -  the worst day in Australia's entire military history.

The action at Fromelles in July 1916 is Australia’s most catastrophic military failure. The narrative has always appeared simple, but in truth the 14-hour clash had influential precedents that controlled and even predicted the bloody consequences: history did not unfold in the way we have for so long been led to believe.

Using primary sources from Bavarian archives, Peter Barton has written this authoritative and revelatory book on Fromelles. He describes its long and surprising genesis, and offers an unexpected account of the fighting; he investigates the interrogation of Anglo-Australian prisoners, and the results of shrewd German propaganda techniques. The circumstances surrounding the 'missing' Pheasant Wood graves are explored, and new perspectives are brought to the writings of Charles Bean.

Combining fresh military scholarship with an account of recent events, this compelling and illuminating history dispels many a myth surrounding one of the bloodiest battlefields of the Great War.

Peter Barton was the Fromelles Project historian and has spent ten years researching this story. A documentary film-maker, archaeologist and respected First World War author, he has written a series of acclaimed books.

The lost legions of Fromelles is Joint winner/co-winner, NSW Premier's History Awards Australian First World War History Prize, 2015

Soft cover, 425 pages.

Related Items

  1. Duckboard: Fighting spirit

    Australian Governments have spent fortunes prosecuting wars at the behest of the powerful. Comparatively, repatriation has been an afterthought attrac...

  2. Rio Grande and Other Verses

    The perfect collector's item - a beautiful facsimile edition of A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson's classic ballads, published by Angus & Robertson during World ...

  3. Glugs of Gosh

    This book of satirical verse about the inhabitants of 'Gosh' was the work C. J. Dennis considered his best. It is a sly take-down of the kings, politi...