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.
RANDWICK TO HARGICOURT History Of The 3rd Battalion, A.I.F.
A stylishly written and well presented account of one of Australia’s most celebrated 1st AIF units. It was raised at Randwick (NSW) in August 1914 and landed in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. After the bitter fighting at Lone Pine and the subsequent evacuation, the Battalion was moved to the Western Front in 1916. There it fought in several great battles of the period- Pozieres, Bullecourt, Ypres, Passchendaele, and the Hindenburg Line. Throughout the narrative there are notes and comments regarding Battalion personalities, officers’ postings in and out, and acts of individual heroism. The maps complement the narrative well, and the pictures are clearly annotated. A prime source for the researcher.
Appendices, unit nominal roll (with details of fatal casualties), Honours and awards(with many entries accompanied by a photograph of the recipient), and notes on Battle Honours complete this history.