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 OF A BATTALION Being a Record of the 48th Battalion A.I.F.
This engaging book was compiled in France in 1919 and therefore has the freshness and immediacy lacking in some unit histories. The Bn. was formed in March 1916 in Egypt. It comprised a draft from the 16th Australian Inf. Bn. (survivors from Gallipoli) and fresh drafts from Australia. Three months later the newly constituted Bn. was in action at Pozieres as part of the 12th Inf. Bde., 4th Aust. Div. It suffered heavy losses at Bullecourt, but went on to serve at Passchendaele and in the defence of Amiens in 1918. Its last action was at Bapaume, in September 1918. In total, it suffered 2676 casualties, of which 840 were fatal. Includes Roll of Honour & Honours and Awards.