For Australia the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.
In general terms with Australian unit histories the quality of authorship is very good, most of them share the common strength of making plentiful mention of the individual officers and men who served, fought, died, was wounded, or taken prisoner, or who came safely home at the end of it all. They are a prime source for genealogists and military historians.
FROM ANZAC TO THE HINDENBURG LINE. The History of the 9th Battalion AIF.
This history covers the Bn’s formation in Queensland in August 1914 and its subsequent services through to the end of the war. The Gallipoli fighting is described with verve and in good detail. The Western Front battles are covered in equally good detail. The Bn gained one VC, that awarded to Pte John Leak for his work at Pozieres on the 23 July 1916. The index and detailed contents pages are a “plus” for the researcher.