ANZAC Day / Gallipoli / WW1
Gallipoli has inspired many films, documentaries and both fiction and non-fiction works. Reading about ‘The Great War’ can be a great way to increase our…
The Honest History Book by David Stephens & Alison Broinowski. In Australia’s rush to commemorate all things Anzac, have we lost our ability to look beyond war as the central pillar of Australia’s history and identity? The passionate historians of the Honest History group argue that while war has been important to Australia – mostly for its impact on our citizens and our ideas of nationhood – we must question the stories we tell ourselves about our history. We must separate myth from reality – a
INFORMATION BOOK HONOURS: Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural ANZACs by Robyn Siers, Carlie Walker. Ancestry is the third book in the Century of service series. It tells the stories of individuals and families from a range of cultural backgrounds who served with Australian units during the First World War. This image-rich publication draws on the Australian War Memorial’s diverse collection, including private records, photographs, works of art, and relics.
Flagship by Mike Carlton. In 1924 the grand old battle cruiser HMAS Australia I, once the pride of the nation, was sunk off Sydney Heads. She had saved Australia from a German attack in the Pacific in World War I, but after the war she was a victim in the race to disarm. There was a day of national mourning when they blew the bottom out of her.In 1928 the RAN acquired a new ship of the same name, the fast, heavy cruiser HMAS Australia II, and she finally saw action when World War II began.
ANZACS. This five-part Australian TV series, starring Paul Hogan, Jon Blake and Andrew Clarke, was a ratings hit for the Nine Network. The first episode focused on the enlistment of dozen men, their training in Australia and Egypt, and their time on Gallipoli. The other four episodes see them move on to Western Front.
Gallipoli: The Frontline Experience by Tolga Ornek (director). For his documentary, Turkish filmmaker Tolga Ornek used letters and diaries of Turkish and British and Anzac soldiers to tell the tale of what happened in 1915 from both sides. The visual dimension comes from archival footage, photos taken at the time, plus modern footage and re-enactments.
On Dangerous Ground by Bruce Scates. In 1915 Lt Roy Irwin goes missing at Gallipoli. The young woman who loves him, and the men who fought beside him, begin their search. In 1919, historian CEW Bean returns to Anzac Cove with artist George Lambert and soldier Harry Vickers to solve the greatest mystery of the campaign, to discover Gallipolis secret. Forward to 2015, and Dr Mark Troys quest to preserve the peninsula from roadworks is sidetracked by political intervention and diplomatic intrigue.
The Last Anzacs: Lest We Forget by Stephens Tony. On May 16, 2002, the last of the Anzacs - Alec Campbell - died at age 103. To mark his passing Tony Stephens and Steven Siewert have updated their book The Last Anzacs: Lest We Forget to include an interview with Alec Campbell. Together with the interviews and photographs of seventeen other Anzacs, this book, in recording the individual life stories of those men, stands as a historic tribute to those who survived the horrors of Gallipoli.
Gallipoli by L A Carlyon. Gallipoli remains one of the most poignant battlefronts of the First World War and L. A. Carlyon's monumental account of that campaign has been rightfully acclaimed and a massive bestseller in Australia. Brilliantly told, supremely readable and deeply moving, Gallipoli brings this epic tragedy to life and stands as both a landmark chapter in the history of the war and a salutary reminder of all that is fine and all that is foolish in the human condition.
Gallipoli by Robert Rhodes James. On 15 April 1915, British and Dominion troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The campaign which followed lasted over eight months, and cost the terrible total of nearly half a million Allied and Turkish casualties. The eventual failure of the Gallipoli campaign, after heart-breaking opportunities had been missed, was a disastrous set-back to Allied hopes. It remains one of the most engrossing and poignant tragedies in British military history.
ANZAC to Amiens by C E W Bean. The First World War was the blooding of the young Australian nation and Charles Bean witnessed it all. Appointed official war correspondent with the Australian Imperial Force in 1914, he spent the entire war in Europe at the cutting edge of the military machine. An acknowledged classic of military history, Anzac to Amiens is compelling and compulsory reading for every Australian interested in the nation's bloody coming of age.
The Anzacs by Patsy Adam-Smith. Gallipoli was the final resting place for thousands of young Australians. Death struck so fast there was not time for escape or burial. And when Gallipoli was over there was the misery of the European Campaign. Patsy Adam-Smith read over 8000 diaries and letters to write her acclaimed best-seller about the First World War. Soldiers sought her out to tell her why they went, what they saw, and how they felt about that great holocaust.
A Fortunate Life by A B Facey. Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression, and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full.
The Anzac Book by Australian War Memorial. Created by soldiers under enemy fire and in extreme hardship, the illustrations, stories, cartoons, and poems were intended as a Christmas and New Year diversion for soldiers facing a harsh winter in the trenches on Gallipoli. This long-awaited third edition is a reproduction of the original book, with a new foreword by acclaimed author Les Carlyon, an introduction from Australian War Memorial historian Ashley Ekins, and added material.
Memoirs of an Anzac: A first-hand account by an AIF officer in the First World War by John Charles Barrie. Against his mother’s wishes, John Charles Barrie joined the Australian army in 1909. Five years later, he was on his way to Egypt as an officer with the Australian Imperial Force. He survived the war to write his memoirs, which were kept by his family for 80 years. Made public for the first time, this book gives first-hand accounts of Barrie’s wounding at Gallipoli on that fateful day.
A Day to Remember by Jackie French. Anzac Day is the day when we remember and honour Anzac traditions down the ages, from the first faltering march of wounded veterans in 1916 to the ever-increasing numbers of their descendants who march today. Containing reference to the many places the ANZACs have fought, and the various ways in which they keep the peace and support the civilians in war-torn parts of the world today. Ages 7-12.
My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy, Ben Johnson. A small girl goes to the pre-dawn Anzac Day service with her father where they watch her grandad march in the parade. This is an excellent introduction to this highly venerated ceremony and poignantly addresses the sentiments aroused by the memory of those who gave their lives for their country.
Anzac Cove to Afghanistan by Glenn Wahlert. As the first Anzacs to land at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and among the last to serve in Afghanistan 100 years later, the men and women of the Australian Armys 3rd Brigade have a long and proud history. Initially raised in 1903, the 3rd Brigade served as part of the Australian Imperial Force during World War I, suffering appalling losses at Gallipoli. On the Western Front the brigade endured three years of horrendous trench warfare.
ANZAC Day Then and Now by Tom Frame. explore the rise of Australia’s unofficial national day. Does Anzac Day honour those who died pursuing noble causes in war? Or is it part of a campaign to redeem the savagery associated with armed conflict? Do the rituals of 25 April console loved ones? Or reinforce security objectives and strategic priorities? Contributors explore the early debate between grieving families and veterans about whether Anzac Day should be commemorated or celebrated.