Pozieres: the ANZAC story

Scott Bennett SHOP:9781921844836

In 1916, one million men fought in the first battle of the Somme.  Victory hinged on their ability to capture a small village called Pozières.  After five attempts to seize it, the British called in the ANZACs to complete this seemingly impossible task.

At midnight on 23 July 1916, thousands of Australians stormed Pozières.  Forty-five days later they were relieved, having suffered 23,000 casualties to gain a few miles of barren, lunar landscape.  Despite the toll, the operation was heralded as a stunning victory.  Yet for the exhausted survivors, the war weary public, and the families of the dead and maimed, victory came at such terrible cost.

Drawing on letters and diaries of the men who fought at Pozières, this outstanding book reveals a battlefield drenched in chaos and fear.  Bennett sheds light on the story behind the official history, re-creating the experience of those men who fought in one of the largest and most devastating battles of the Great War and returned home, all too often, as shattered men.

Soft cover, photographs, maps, 398 pages.

Related Items

  1. Evolution of a family

    This story of Helen Neville’s family spans a vast part of the history of Irish settlement in Australia. It is infused with a Celtic heart; it is backl...

  2. Phillip Schuler

    The remarkable life of one of Australia’s greatest war correspondents.Phillip Schuler, a handsome young journalist from the Melbourne Age, covered the...

  3. The high life of Oswald Watt

    Australia's first military pilot. ‘Father of the Flying Corps’ and ‘Father of Australian Aviation’ were two of the unofficial titles conferred on Osw...