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Pozieres: The Anzac story [NOOK Book]

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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, perched on the highest ridge of the battlefield. 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 and took Pozières. Forty-five days later they were relieved, having suffered 23,000 casualties to gain a few miles of barren, lunar landscape. Despite the ...
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Overview

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, perched on the highest ridge of the battlefield. 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 and took 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 capture of Pozières was heralded as a stunning tactical victory. Yet for the exhausted survivors, the war-weary public, and the families of the dead and maimed, victory came at such terrible cost it seemed indistinguishable from defeat.This account tells the stories of those men who fought at Pozières. Drawing on their letters and diaries, it reveals a battlefield drenched in chaos, suffering, and fear. Bennett sheds light on the story behind the official history, showing how commanders struggled with a war conducted on an unprecedented scale and how the survivors witnessed appalling human tragedy to return home as heroes but, too often, shattered men.While Gallipoli has entered the national mythology, Pozières has received less attention. This superb book recreates the experiences of those men who fought in one of the largest and most devastating battles of the Great War.
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"[Scott Bennett's] passion is evident in every page, and his attention to detail is striking . . . . This a book that needed to be written."  —Patrick Lindsay, author, Fromelles

"Scott Bennett’s Pozières gives us a clear, fresh view of an epic battle, presenting conclusions that will challenge many readers."  —Peter Stanley, author, Men of Mont St Quentin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921753763
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications Party Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 706 KB

Meet the Author

Scott Bennett was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, in 1966, and holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of Sydney. For the last ten years, he has worked for many of Australia’s most recognised retail companies as a management consultant or an executive manager.

In 2003, he visited the Great War battlefields in France and Belgium to retrace the steps of his great-uncles, who had fought there. The experience led him to question the many ‘truths’ that have developed around the Anzac legend. The result was the writing of Pozières, which re-examines the battle of Pozières and the Anzac legend.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Road to Poziéres 1

2 Foreboding 22

3 Fromelles 35

4 Lurid Clouds of War 43

5 Storming Poziéres 54

6 Consolidation 69

7 The Poziéres Ridge 94

8 The Price of Glory 117

9 Legge's Reckoning 131

10 Promised Land 143

11 Folly 173

12 La Ferme du Mouquet 188

13 Kicking in the Back Door 208

14 Second Stunt 222

15 Battering Ram 243

16 Graveyard or Glory 262

17 Aftermath 275

18 War-weariness 287

19 The Missing 303

Abbreviation 327

References 331

Notes 345

Acknowledgements 385

Index 387

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    The best Aussie book on the Western Front?

    There've been a lot of them, that's for sure. Books on Gallipoli and the various key battles of The Front in WW1 by Aussie historians. Then Bennett comes out of nowhere with a cracker that is not only researched in painstaking detail but is also human in its point of view and responses. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of this legendary battle and the disastrous forces that led to it, with a relative who was almost there but appears to have sensibly slipped away on any given occasion, Bennett takes the personal stories of officers and all kinds of men thrown into the grisly maw of this war of wars, and weaves them incontrovertibly into the tapestry of terror that was innocuously named The Western Front. Bloody marvellous.

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