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Echoes of a Distant Battle

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Part of Australian Army History Series

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107093485

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  • From July to September 1916, some 23,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the battle of Pozières. It was the first major engagement by Australian soldiers on the Western Front and its casualties exceeded those of any other battle during the First World War, including Gallipoli. In this important book, Christopher Wray explores the impact Pozières had on Australian society and history, and how it is remembered today. In the opening chapters he revisits the battle and considers its aftermath, including shell shock and the psychological effects experienced by surviving soldiers. The concluding chapters examine how the battle has been memorialised in literature and art, and the extent to which it has been overlooked in contemporary remembrance of the war. Generously illustrated with photographs, maps and paintings, Pozières: Echoes of a distant battle is essential reading for anyone interested in the First World War and Australia's post-war society.

    • Examines how the battle of Pozières has been memorialised in art and literature
    • Generously illustrated with photographs, maps and paintings
    • Provides insight into both the battle and its impact on those involved
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107093485
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 21 colour illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Prelude to Pozières
    2. Pozières a place of sinister name and tragic happenings
    3. A huge and horrible slaughter house
    4. Mouquet Farm
    5. The dead
    6. The maimed, the halt, the lame
    7. Those made mad by war
    8. 'We must not abandon them' - the conscription campaign of 1916
    9. Creating memory - writing about Pozières
    10. Creating memory - painting and Pozières
    11. Remembering Pozières.

  • Author

    Christopher Wray
    Christopher Wray is a lawyer and author who has published works of biography and military history. His interests in military history, art and literature combine in this book, which was written with the assistance of an Australian Army research grant.

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