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.
CHRONICLE OF THE 45th BATTALION A.I.F.
The Battalion was formed in March 1916. It consisted of two companies of the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion- survivors from Gallipoli- with the addition of fresh drafts from Australia . It moved to France in June and remained on the Western Front for the next two years. One of the appendixes is a list of 200 engagements which resulted in at least one individual award for bravery, it reflects the intensity of the battalions fighting services during those two years. An impressive history. Appendixes, Honours & Awards (with citations), nominal roll.