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.
‘WITH THE TWENTY-SECOND’ A history of the 22nd Battalion, A.I.F.
An unvarnished account of the Battalion’s services, compiled by the author in the field. It is not a diary but a full flowing narrative, and the circumstances under which it was written give the book an immediacy not often found in unit histories. The Battalion was raised in March 1916. It suffered more appalling casualties at Pozieres, then went on to take part in the battles around Bullecourt, Ypres, Villers-Bratonneux, and on to the Hindenburg Line. The author’s declared claim was “to offer an acceptable memento to the thousands who passed through the battalion and to their decedents” The battalion had a total casualty list of 3305 all ranks. The book has a roll of honour with dates and causes of death. List of honours and awards including one VC. Casualty statistics and notes on transport to Salonika.