AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918: VOL. 1

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David Cameron regales readers with the story of Australian troops on the Western Front during The Great War (WWI). Cameron uses info gleaned from soldiers’ letters and diaries to reveal how these brave men halted – and then pushed back – the German army’s advance during March and April, 1918. Towns forever linked with the Aussie troops – Dernancourt, Villers-Bretonneux and Hazebrouck – saw fierce action as the Diggers threw back the Germans and saved the Channel Ports, which eventually led to the collapse of the offensive. Cameron further expands the story of the Australian troops’ involvement here, detailing their use as ‘shock troops’, while explaining how these actions affected (at a later date) the broader strategic aim of the Allied troops. Volume 2 (still to be published) continues this story, detailing the huge British offensive of August 1918 and the key role played by Australian soldiers.

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