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.
STORY AND OFFICIAL HISTORY of the 38th BATTALION A.I.F.
Raised on 1st March 1916, the battalion formed part of the 10th Inf. Bde., 3rd Australian Div. This is a narrative account of where it went and what it did, without any frills. Both interesting and entertaining includes many references to individual members and their awards, some with verbatim citations. Appendixes, Roll of Honour, Honours & Awards, nominal roll.