OFFICIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN THE WAR OF 1914-1918 Volume I – The Story of Anzac: The First Phase


Starting with the outbreak of war and ending on 4 May 1915, just after the Gallipoli landing, this is the first volume in the Official History series. It sets the whole campaign in perspective, starting with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in June of 1914 and the almost inevitable build-up to full-scale war. Quick to respond, the Australians and New Zealanders started recruiting for the AIF six days after the outbreak of war. By early November the first Australian and New Zealand contingent was able to set sail from Australia, arriving in Cairo in early December.