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On the eve of the centenary of Gallipoli, Ross Coulthart tells the real story of the iconic Australian war correspondent. CEW Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and helped spawn the notion that the ... read more

Charles Bean
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'We're now in the fifteenth year since 9/11 and, horrible though it is to contemplate, we may be nowhere close to the end of the War on Terror. For a while, it looked like things were improving: ... read more

Blood Year: Islamic State and the Unravelling of the War on Terror
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'From the far-off days in 1914, when the call first came, until the last shot was fired, every day was filled with loathing, horror, and distress ...Yet it had to be, and the thought always uppermost was the earne... read more

The Australian Victories in France in 1918
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The complete account of Britain's worst-ever military disaster. It took several million bullets and roughly an hour to effectively destroy General Sir Douglas Haig's grand plan... read more

First Day of the Somme : the Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster
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The story of the French Resistance is central to French identity, but it is a story built on myths. 'La Resistance francaise' was not simply a national effort to free the country from German occupa... read more

Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance
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Telegraph Books of the Year and Editor's Choice 2015 BBC History Magazine Books of the Year 2015. In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics an... read more

To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949: Volume 8
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Classical tragedy is timelessly powerful - not only does it still move us, but it heals, too. Bryan Doerries produces performances of Greek tragedies for soldiers returned from conflict, addicts... read more

The Theatre of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
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'This year an Anzac orgy begins. A commemorative program that would make the pharaohs envious. But commemorating soldiers is not the same as connecting with them ...' - James Brown, Anzac's Long Shadow. In... read more

Anzac's Long Shadow: The cost of our national obession
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Long before this letter can possibly reach you, great events which will stir the whole world and go down in history will have happened, to the eternal glory of Australia and all who have participated. - John Monash, 24 April... read more

War Letters of General Monash
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John Monash War Classics, In his own words ...War Letters of General Monash: This collection of extraordinary, intimate letters from General Sir John Monash to his wife and... read more

War Classics Slipcase: War Letters of General Monash & Australian Victories in France in 1918
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The Gestapo was Hitler's secret police force. Popularly depicted as a central part of an all-powerful 'Big Brother' Nazi totalitarian police state, its primary aim was to hunt down 'the enemies of the ... read more

The Gestapo: The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police
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On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers - in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front - attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5500 were wounded and... read more

Fromelles and Pozieres (HB)
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On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east.
After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail. T... read more

Gallipoli
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The Hotel Years gathers sixty-four feuilletons: on hotels; pains and pleasures; personalities; and the deteriorating international situation of the 1930s. Never before translated into English, these pieces begin in Vienna just at the e... read more

Nophoto
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It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. It became known as 'the surge'. Among those listening were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16... read more

The Good Soldiers
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The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and Ch... read more

The Second World War
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Now a major film starring George Cloooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balan, Jean Dujardin and Dimitri Leonidas. What if I told... read more

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
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A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. In 1914, Europe plunged into the 20th century's first terrible act of self-immolation - what was then called The Great War. On the eve of its centena... read more

Catastrophe: 1914: Europe Goes to War
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Few years can justly be said to have transformed the earth: 1914 did. In July that year, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Britain and France were poised to plunge the world into a war that would kill or wound 37 million peop... read more

1914: The Year the World Ended
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This landmark publication commemorates the centenary of the Great War's Gallipoli campaign, 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916. ANZAC Treasures approaches the subject of Gallipoli not only f... read more

ANZAC Treasures: The Gallipoli Collection of the Australian War Memorial
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