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.
PURPLE AND GOLD A History of the 30th Battalion (AIF)
The first part of the book is a narrative account of the Bn’s formation in NSW in August 1915. its arrival in Egypt (where it formed part of the Sinai Defence Force), and the its move to France in July 1916. Warfare on the Western Front is described fluently . Amongst notable battles, the Bn fought at Fromelles, Armentieres, Bapaume, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, Amiens, and on the Hindenburg Line. Individual officers and men are mentioned liberally in the text, and some of the picture captions. The second part of the book consists of Sixty-five contributions by former members of the Bn. These personal memoirs make this history unusually vivid and absorbing. A unit nominal roll, including details of KIA. DOW., and Honours and awards complete this history.