Pompey Elliott

Author: Ross McMullin
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781921942730
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Pompey Elliott was a remarkable Australian. During the Great War he was a charismatic, controversial, and outstandingly successful military leader. An accomplished tactician and ‘the bravest of the brave’, he was renowned for never sending anyone anywhere he was not prepared to go himself. As a result, no Australian general was more revered by those he led or more famous outside his own command. A man of unimpeachable integrity and unwavering commitment, he was also forthright and volatile. His tempestuousness generated a host of anecdotes that amused his men and disconcerted his superiors. Yet surprisingly little had been written about Elliott until the original edition of this book appeared in 2002. Now in a new format and with a foreword by Les Carlyon, this comprehensive, deeply researched biography tells Elliott’s fascinating story. It vividly examines Elliott’s origins and youth, his peacetime careers as a lawyer and politician, and his achievements — as well as the controversies he aroused during his years as a soldier. Ross McMullin’s masterly work retrieves a significant Australian from undeserved obscurity. It also judiciously reassesses notable battles he influenced — including the Gallipoli Landing, Lone Pine, Fromelles, Polygon Wood, and Villers-Brettoneux — and illuminates numerous aspects of Australia’s experiences during his lifetime, particularly the often-overlooked period of the aftermath to the Great War.

Pompey Elliott At War

Author: Ross McMullin
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 1925548619
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Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War I have been published, but none more riveting than this one. The wartime letters and diaries of Pompey Elliott, Australia’s most famous fighting general, are exceptionally forthright. They are also remarkably illuminating about his volatile emotions. Pompey not only wrote frankly about what happened to him and the men he was commanding; he was also frank about what he felt about both. Having arranged a no-secrets pact with his wife for their correspondence before he left Australia in 1914, he adhered to that agreement throughout the conflict. Moreover, Pompey expressed himself with vivid candour in his diaries and other correspondence. He wrote rapidly and fluently, with fertile imagery, a flair for simile, and an engaging turn of phrase. His extraordinary letters to his young children turned even the Western Front into a bedtime story. Pompey was prominent in iconic battles and numerous controversies. He was wounded at the Gallipoli landing, and four of his men were awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine. No one was more instrumental than Pompey in turning looming defeat into stunning victory at both Polygon Wood and Villers–Bretonneux. No Australian general was more revered by those he led or more famous outside his own command. Ross McMullin, the author of the award-winning and best-selling biography Pompey Elliott, has collected Pompey’s words from a variety of sources and shaped them into a compelling narrative. This book will transform our awareness of Pompey's importance in the dramatic final year of World War I.

Pompey Elliott S Left Hand Man

Author: Kristin Schneider
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ISBN: 9780994257901
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Pompey Elliott's Left Hand ManBiography of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Denehyby Kristin Schneider The commander of the 15th Brigade, Pompey Elliott wrote to his wife Katie. 'Tell Mrs Layh that Bert is just the picture of health and happiness, and is just my right hand man now that Cam Stewart is a General himself, and Chas Denehy is my left hand man, and a mighty good one too.' What makes a 'Left Hand Man? In Denehy's case he became a larger version of the person he had been. He started life a Catholic and a school teacher, the opposite of many of the officers around him who were often public-school educated, and in professional fields, mostly Freemasons. He grew into a man who would meticulously follow orders and lead his battalion through many battles. Denehy was trained by Elliott. Like Elliott he was not afraid to go forward with his men. He brought his aptitude for discipline learnt as a teacher to the orderly running of his battalion. His war diaries were always written, the troops fed with hot food, and care taken of the men's comfort. In the course of the three years of fighting on the Western Front, there were times when the leadership of battalions was at a low ebb. Denehy was the man sent in to take over these battalions, the first being the 58th, two hours before the Battle of Fromelles. Later he was given the 57th Battalion, describing in his own words Elliott's request, 'He stated that he took his own old battalion, the 7th, as the standard. The 59th he considered approximated most nearly to his old battalion, but he had no hesitation in saying that the 58th had excelled it. He then asked me if I could, without breaking my heart, take over the 57th and make it as good as the 58th.' Denehy worked for the 57th until 1926. After that he joined the 'unattached list' and was a member of the Volunteer Defence Corps during World War 2.

Pilgrimage

Author: Garrie Hutchinson
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 9781863953870
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There has never been a book like Pilgrimage before. Journeying through time and place, author Garrie Hutchinson visits the battlefields where Australians have fought and reveals their past and present. We hear the voices of those who fought in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea and East Timor and the stories of the key Australian battles. We travel to Australia's special places - including Anzac Cove, Tobruk, the Kokoda Track, the Thai-Burma Railway, Long Tan and Maryang San. Pilgrimage is unique in being a comprehensive and up-to-date travel companion, complete with maps, illustrations and invaluable tips for visitors. Lavishly illustrated with photos from Europe and North Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia, it also introduces the cemeteries, museums and memorials that commemorate each conflict. Ideal for armchair travellers and lovers of history, Pilgrimage invites readers on a voyage of discovery.

Victoria At War

Author: Michael McKernan
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 1742247040
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During the First World War, in Melbourne and communities throughout Victoria, schoolchildren knitted socks for the troops serving in Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front. Their families set up Red Cross branches to support the 91,000 Victorian servicemen and women overseas. Victoria at War records the achievements of the state’s soldiers, nurses and their families – including the Whitelaws from Gippsland with six sons enlisting, ‘Bert’ Jacka, the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War, and commander Sir John Monash. Bestselling military historian Michael McKernan commemorates the generosity, devotion, sacrifice and spirit of a community pushed towards breaking point through stories from the home front and battlefront.

Australia 1901 2001

Author: Andrew Tink
Publisher: NewSouth
ISBN: 1742241875
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Andrew Tink’s superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary achievements in sport, science and the arts. A country underpinned by a political system that worked most of the time and the emergence of a mainly harmonious society. Australians at the start of the century could hardly have imagined the prosperity enjoyed by their diverse countrymen and women one hundred years later. Tink’s story is driven by people, whether they be prime ministers, soldiers, shop-keepers, singers, footballers or farmers; a mix of men or women, Australian-born, immigrants and Aborigines. He brings the decades to life, writing with empathy, humour and insight to create a narrative that is as entertaining as it is illuminating.

From The Somme To Victory

Author: Peter Simkins
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1781593124
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Peter Simkins has established a reputation over the last forty years as one of the most original and stimulating historians of the First World War. He has made a major contribution to the debate about the performance of the British Army on the Western Front. This collection of his most perceptive and challenging essays, which concentrates on British operations in France between 1916 and 1918, shows that this reputation is richly deserved. He focuses on key aspects of the army's performance in battle, from the first day of the Somme to the Hundred Days, and gives a fascinating insight into the developing theory and practice of the army as it struggled to find a way to break through the German line. His rigorous analysis undermines some of the common assumptions - and the myths - that still cling to the history of these British battles.

The Battle Of The Bellicourt Tunnel

Author: Dale Blair
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1848325878
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In November 1918 the BEF under Field Marshal Haig fought a series of victorious battles on the Western Front that contributed mightily to the German army’s defeat. They did so as part of a coalition and the role of Australian ‘diggers’ and US ‘doughboys’ is often forgotten. The Bellicourt Tunnel attack, fought in the fading autumn light, was very much an inter-Allied affair and marked a unique moment in the Allied armies’ endeavours. It was the first time that such a large cohort of Americans had fought in a British army. Additionally, untried American II Corps and experienced Australian Corps were to spearhead the attack under the command of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash with British divisions adopting supporting roles on the flanks. Blair forensically details the fighting and the largely forgotten desperate German defence. Although celebrated as a marvellous feat of breaking the Hindenburg Line, the American attack failed generally to achieve its set objectives and it took the Australians three days of bitter fighting to reach theirs. Blair rejects the conventional explanation of the US ‘mop up’ failure and points the finger of blame at Rawlinson, Haig and Monash for expecting too much of the raw US troops, singling out the Australian Corps commander for particular criticism. Overall, Blair judges the fighting g a draw. At the end, like two boxers, the Australian-American force was gasping for breath and the Germans, badly battered, back-pedalling to remain on balance. Overall the day was calamitous for the German army, even if the clean break-through that Haig had hoped for did not occur. Forced out of the Hindenburg Line, the prognosis for the German army on the Western Front – and hence Imperial Germany itself – was bleak indeed.

Mont St Quentin

Author: Bill Billett
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing
ISBN: 1921719915
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The author left Australia patriotically attracted to the new China created by the communist revolution. She stayed nearly 30 years through a period of initial promise followed by a series of disasters. Here, she explores her experience, beliefs, confusion and fear in China, her young life in Melbourne that led to China and her post-China journey once back in Australia. (She is now a Buddhist). Her story puts a human face on the tortuous history of Mao’s China.

Days Of Violence

Author: Gavin Brown
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1442993677
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The police strike of 1923 resulted in a weekend orgy of destruction....The strike resulted from a breakdown in communication between an inept Chief Commissioner and a manipulative constable determined to be as vindictive as possible. It sucked in the Government and the Police Association. Its most immediate cause was a system of supervision by senior constables in plain clothes which the men bitterly resented. The other major factors leading to the strike were the abolition of police pensions in 1906, the very poor standards of pay and conditions when compared with the New South Wales police and the revolting barrack accommodation in which single men resided. First warning of impending disaster occurred on a Wednesday night shift when twenty-nine men refused to parade at Russell Street. The Chief Commissioner was summoned and the men walked to their beats two hours later. After discussion between the parties, the same group refused to parade and the Chief Commissioner directed their discharge and the dismissal of two men whom he believed to be their ring-leaders. The manner in which other men were confronted eventually led to almost one-third of uniformed constables joining the strikers. Unfortunately for these men, rioting in the city turned a skirmish into an all-out war in which the Government and the Chief Commissioner very early in the event determined to take no prisoners. Although the Government immediately met virtually all the strikers' demands, none was reinstated in the Force. Days of Violence contains powerful lessons for all parties - the Government, the police administration, the police associations and the members. Gavin Brown and Robert Haldane have produced an engrossing and detailed account of a neglected period in Melbourne's history, when the security of the community was threatened by the withdrawal of labour by its guardians in the only strike by police in Australia's history.