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WHEN THE GREAT WAR STARTED, MOST AUSTRALIANS BELIEVED IN THE NOTIONS OF PATRIOTISM, COURAGE AND UNSWERVING LOYALTY TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE. BUT AS THE WAR DRAGGED ON, AS THE HORRORS INTENSIFIED AND THE CASUALTY LISTS GREW, PATRIOTISM GAVE WAY TO CYNICISM AND COURAGE TO DESPAIR. USING THE DIARIES AND LETTERS OF ABOUT ONE THOUSAND FRONT LINE SOLDIERS IN THE FIRST AIF, BILL GAMMAGE SHOWS HOW AND WHY THESE CHANGES TOOK PLACE. THE BROKEN YEARS IS A VIVID, OFTER HORRIFYING AND MOVING PORTRAYAL OF SOLDIERS AT WAR - MEN LOCKED IN A TRAGEDY THAT ENGULFED AN AGE.
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Bill Gammage is a professor at the Australian National University Humanities Research Centre and a former professor of history at the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Adelaide. He is the author of An Australian in the First World War, Narrandera Shire, and The Sky Travellers: Journeys in New Guinea 1938–39. He served as the historical adviser for the film Gallipoli, as well as numerous other World War I documentaries.Review:
"Using the diaries and letters of 1000 Australian soldiers, Bill Gammage reconstructs with great sensitivity the valour and the tragedy of their experience." —Campus Review
"An illustrated edition that is one of the finest examples of the publisher's art that I have ever encountered." —Canberra City News
"The Broken Years remains . . . An Australian classic . . . An artefact of its time." —Sunday Canberra Times
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Book Description Penguin, Melbourne 1975, 1975. 20.0 x 13.0cms, 304pp, softcover, paper tanned, very good+ The chapters are: Australia before 1914; Anzac, Egypt & Palestine; France; the outbreak of peace. Seller Inventory # 162482
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1981. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020140033831