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  • Fromelles and Pozières

  • In the Trenches of Hell
  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88

On 19 July 1916, 7,000 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 5,500 were wounded and just under 1,900 were dead - a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'. Just days later, three Australian divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible account. .. not to be forgotten.

  • By Robert on 07-05-2016

incredible account. .. not to be forgotten.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-2016

I finished this book last night and, well what can i say. Do i recommend it? I can't say you would enjoy it, but it is a story every Australian should know. You will experience sorrow, anger, disgust, pride with the occasional moment of joy amidst all the misery. It is tale of amazing courage and yet haunting in its detail. Fitzsimon beautifully crafts a historic account full of humanity with characters that bring home the truth of the matter. Particularly coming up to the centenary of these events I do recommend this book. We should remember them. We must remember them. .. lest we forget.

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