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Anzac Cove to Afghanistan

The History of the 3rd Brigade

Authors: Glenn Wahlert
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)
01/Dec/2015
Military History, 3rd Brigade
396
Hardback
247mm x 175mm
9781925275551
$39.99

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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 Army’s 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, its four infantry battalions alone incurring a casualty rate of over 300%. During the inter-war period the brigade was a militia force and was mobilised with Japan’s entry into the war in 1941, serving in Darwin, Papua New Guinea and North Queensland. Disbanded in 1944 and re-formed as the 3rd Task Force in 1967, the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade have deployed to almost every theatre in which the Australian Defence Force has seen action, including Vietnam, the South Pacific, Somalia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bougainville, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan. From 1980 the brigade has been the government’s land force instrument of first choice in response to military or peacekeeping interventions throughout the world and natural disasters at home. This is a heritage of which all Australians can be justifiably proud.

Glenn Wahlert

Glenn Wahlert

Glenn Wahlert was born in Melbourne in 1956. He is a graduate of the Officer Cadet School Portsea, Army Command & Staff College, Deakin University and the University of NSW. After 20 years of service in the regular Army he transferred to the Army Reserve where he is currently a member of the Army History […]

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4 reviews for Anzac Cove to Afghanistan

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    As the first Australian soldiers to land at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 and among the last to serve in Afghanistan 100 years later, the men and women of the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade have a long and proud history of service. Glenn Wahlert’s Anzac to Afghanistan does a tremendous job at capturing the breadth and depth of that history and communicating it in plain English. The book provides a fascinating picture of a slice of Australian military history from the perspective of one of Australia’s premier fighting infantry formations from Federation to the present. Wahlert’s explains that the 3rd Brigade was initially raised in 1903 as part of the Commonwealth Military Forces but with units located in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. Removed from the Order of Battle in 1906 the Brigade was re-raised as part of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1914. As the covering force for the landing on Gallipoli the brigade saw its first action on 25 April 1915. It remained at Gallipoli until the withdrawal on December 1915, taking part in a number of battles including Lone Pine and Sari Bair. The Brigade subsequently served in France and Belgium on the Western Front where it endured three years of horrendous trench warfare. By war’s end the Brigade’s four infantry battalions had incurred a casualty rate of over 300 percent. Disbanded with the other formations of the AIF in 1919, the Brigade was re-raised as part of the Citizens Force soon afterwards and then mobilised with Japan’s entry into the war in 1941. During World War II the brigade was used in a defensive role, serving in Darwin, Papua New Guinea and North Queensland before being disbanded in 1944. Re-formed as the 3rd Task Force during the Army’s expansion for the Vietnam War in 1967, the Brigade was made up of three infantry battalions

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a history of one of the Australian Army’s brigades. This substantial text illustrates how history explains and justifies some of Australia’s defence policies now in the public arena. The text is well sourced, well documented and well illustrated. Wahlert’s comments and the personal reflections of ex-soldiers reinforce and complement each other. The History of the 3rd Brigade is factual and rich in detail… AJP Taylor has argued ‘the duty of the historian is to clarify these assumptions and to trace their influence upon the course of every-day policy’. This Wahlert has accomplished in masterly fashion. The History of the 3rd Brigade is another excellent and valuable addition to the RUSI library. Reviewer: Michael Small, January 2016

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    The History of the 3rd Brigade is factual and rich in detail. In Operation Plumbob involving JTF 633, illustrating the diverse range of duties 3rd Brigade was expected to perform, baby formula and nappies had to be flown to HMAS Tobruk during the evacuation of Australian civilians. AJP Taylor has argued ‘the duty of the historian is to clarify these assumptions and to trace their influence upon the course of every-day policy’. This Wahlert has accomplished in masterly fashion.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    The book has garnered very positive reviews since its release. Marcus Fielding’s assessment of the work is one I heartily endorse. In telling the story of the 3rd Brigade Anzac to Afghanistan also tells the story of the Australian Army over a century of service to the nation. It is a quality publication that deserves to be read and take pride of place on the bookshelves of those interested in and concerned about Australia’s military history. – Colonel Marcus Fielding, writing for the Military History and Heritage Victoria blog. You can read his full review here.

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