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Title: Dinkum Diggers: An Australian Battalion at ...
Publisher: Melbourne University Press, Victoria AU
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: None
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
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Tall, sun-bronzed, hardy. Resourceful, independent, egalitarian. Scornful of authority, loyal to their mates. These mythical characteristics of the Anzac 'diggers' are central to our idea of what it is to be Australian. But did the soldiers themselves fit the stereotype? How closely does the myth match the reality? This penetrating study strips away celebratory generalisations and measures the Anzac legend against the actual experiences of one battalion that fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in World War I. The diaries and letters written by soldiers of the 1st Battalion reveal attitudes, insights, comments and criticisms that qualify and even contradict the Anzac legend. In Dinkum Diggers, Dale James Blair compares these first-hand accounts by front-line infantrymen with unit diaries, operational records, service and repatriation records, as well as with interviews with family members and statistical analysis, to present a well-rounded picture of the complexities of the 1st Battalion's experience. By narrowing the focus of Australian war experience to a single battalion, he demonstrates nuances and subtleties, showing how the men vieAbout the Author:
Dr Dale Blair lives in Emerald, Victoria, and completed his honours degree at La Trobe University in 1993. His doctoral thesis concentrated on the Great War and was completed at Victoria University of Technology.
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