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.
HISTORY OF THE FIFTH LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT AIF
This is a history written in two parts by officers who served with the Regiment. The first part covers formation in 1914, the move to Egypt, and dismounted service at Gallipoli. The bloody fighting there, and the evacuation in December 1915, are described in great detail. The second part covers the return to the mounted role and service with the mounted Division in Sinai and Palestine. There is good coverage of the Regiments role in blocking the Turkish advance into Egypt, the two famous Gaza battles in 1917, the raids on Amman and El Salt, and the final advance through the Jordan Valley to Armageddon.
A full nominal roll (with casualty details) and honours and awards complete this history.