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.
SHORT HISTORY OF THE 34th BATTALION, AIF
This concise record covers the services of the Bn from formation in 1916 through to the final stages of the war. In a semi-diary form, it deals with the Bn’s role in the battles of Messines, Ypres, Passchendaele, and the the Hindenburg Line. A list of officers who served, Roll of Honour (officers only) complete this useful history.