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The Battle of Fromelles

Authors: Roger Lee
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)
01/Jul/2010
Battle of Fromelles
210
Paperback
9780980658293
$19.99

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The Battle of Fromelles – until recently largely forgotten in the accounts of Australia’s experiences in World War One- remains the single bloodiest day in terms of numbers of soldiers killed, wounded or missing, in Australia’s military history. The battle now is also one of the most controversial military episodes in Australian history.

The battle for Fromelles was undoubtedly a tragedy – in the midst of a war which produced many such tragedies. Should anyone be blamed? Does finger pointing from the safety of 95 years distance add much to our understanding of the battle, the Western Front or the war itself? This book attempts to look at the battle, free from emotion, and place the course of events and the unfurling of the tragedy into its tactical, operational and strategic setting. This book is part of the Australian Army History Unit’s Campaigns Series; well-researched, comprehensive and easy-to-read books on Australia’s military campaigns.

What readers are saying, “  I have received Roger Lee’s book and I’m thrilled to have it! Thank you so much! It is so very carefully documented, extremely clear, and most helpful on what are in fact fuzzy areas such as : “Casualty Figures” or “The Trench”. As for the information on the size and composition of : regiments, platoons, brigades, battalions, etc, the mind boggles! I had no idea it was so varied and complicated! In other words, the book opens up vast avenues of reflection and information, and I am learning heaps of things on every page. It’s wonderfully pedagogical, and the lay-out is brilliant. It makes my experience in La Somme a hundred times richer. Hearty congratulations to Roger Lee!”

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Roger Lee

Roger Lee

Roger Lee has been Head of the Australian Army History Unit and Army Historian since 1996. In his role, he is chief adviser to the Chief of Army on all matters relating to the history and heritage of the Australian Army. Before that, he spent three years on the Directing Staff of the Joint Services […]

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4 reviews for The Battle of Fromelles

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just over a week ago I ordered a copy of Roger Lee book on Fromelles, I was very happy with the prompt delivery of it, and I congratulate you on your service. I find the book very informative, not only on Fromelles but other aspects such as the people involved, the different weapons that were used and so on. I look forward to the next book on Hamel, when it comes out. I congratulate you and the author once again.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have received Roger Lee’s book and I’m thrilled to have it! Thank you so much! It is so very carefully documented, extremely clear, and most helpful on what are in fact fuzzy areas such as : “Casualty Figures” or “The Trench”. As for the information on the size and composition of : regiments, platoons, brigades, battalions, etc, the mind boggles! I had no idea it was so varied and complicated! In other words, the book opens up vast avenues of reflection and information, and I am learning heaps of things on every page. It’s wonderfully pedagogical, and the lay-out is brilliant. It makes my experience in La Somme a hundred times richer. Hearty congratulations to Roger Lee!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roger Lee’s book delivers an holistic account of the development and, more importantly, the reasons why this particular place in France is so heavily- sown with Australian blood. It covers a breadth of criteria that went into the circumstances of the battle and steers clear of many- of the ‘ simplistic conclusions that have plagued the history of Australia’s involvement in WW1. . For instance a theme has developed over many years that the attitude of the British High Command towards colonial troops resulted in the AIF being deliberately placed in harms way. way. Lee expertly exposes the weakness of those theories by viewing the specific battle against the against the overall Allied strategy of trying to win the war. … a fascinating read and a wonderful contribution to the subject.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Battle of Fromelles – until recently largely forgotten in the accounts of Australia’s experiences in World War 1 – remains the single bloodiest day in terms of numbers of soldiers killed, wounded or missing, in Australia’s military history. However Lee’s book is more concerned with the command and control of the battle itself and the command processes, rather than discussion of what he sees as an emotional but ill-informed debate on a perceived failure of command. The book is nicely illustrated and highly readable. The epilogue covering the reburial of British and Australian soldiers in 2010, 94 years after the battle, is interesting with its insight into the Army’s policy and procedures that govern the identification of previously unknown grave sites.

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