WHEN THE GREAT WAR STARTED, MOST AUSTRALIANS BELIEVED IN THE NOTIONS OF PATRIOTISM, COURAGE AND UNSWERVING LOYALTY TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE. BUT AS THE WAR DRAGGED ON, AS THE HORRORS INTENSIFIED AND THE CASUALTY LISTS GREW, PATRIOTISM GAVE WAY TO CYNICISM AND COURAGE TO DESPAIR. USING THE DIARIES AND LETTERS OF ABOUT ONE THOUSAND FRONT LINE SOLDIERS IN THE FIRST AIF, BILL GAMMAGE SHOWS HOW AND WHY THESE CHANGES TOOK PLACE. THE BROKEN YEARS IS A VIVID, OFTER HORRIFYING AND MOVING PORTRAYAL OF SOLDIERS AT WAR - MEN LOCKED IN A TRAGEDY THAT ENGULFED AN AGE.
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"Using the diaries and letters of 1000 Australian soldiers, Bill Gammage reconstructs with great sensitivity the valour and the tragedy of their experience." --"Campus Review"About the Author:
Bill Gammage is an Adjunct Professor at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1981. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140033831