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Anzac Sniper

The Extraordinary Story of Stan Savige, One of Australia's Greatest Soldiers
Narrated by: David Tredinnick
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
Categories: History, First World War
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The extraordinary story of Stan Savige - from Gallipoli marksman to Pacific War General and the founder of Legacy.  

Stan Savige had been on Gallipoli for just two weeks, in the trenches firing at Turks less than 20 metres away. But Sniper’s Ridge was a different proposition. Killing took on another dimension. In the flurry of trench warfare, a soldier would rarely be certain he had hit an enemy. On this ridge of death, however, Savige’s job was to make sure he struck as many of the opposition as possible.

The son of a struggling country butcher, Stan Savige left school at 12 to become a blacksmith’s striker. But in 1915, a passage in the Bible inspired the devout scout leader and Sunday school teacher to enlist. Soon, his abilities as a crack marksman attracted the attention of officers, and he was put in charge of the sniper’s post, his job to eliminate enemy assassins at Anzac Cove. Savige succeeded and survived Gallipoli, only to be sent to the Western Front, then to Persia as part of the elite squad Dunsterforce. It was the beginning of a long, dangerous and distinguished military career spanning both world wars, with Savige fighting and commanding in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific in World War II. 

In this gripping biography, Roland Perry paints a fascinating and complex portrait of Lieutenant General Sir Stanley George Savige, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, ED. Savige was a man of character and compassion, a quiet outsider who founded war veterans’ support charity Legacy, who still has few peers in courage, skill and achievement. His record is second to none in Australian military history, in the scope of his combat over two world wars.

©2018 Roland Perry (P)2018 Bolinda
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Not the story it seems

I struggled with this story, as I found the title misleading. His time as a sniper at Anzac actually takes up very little of the overall book.
It is more about his rise through the ranks and subsequent involvement in life after the war. An eventful and significant life, and worthy of the telling, especially for Australians, but not quite accurate as a title.

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Fantastic Story

Very well written and read story, the Author obviously did a lot of research, what a soldier, he’s really a legend ..
Would recommend to anyone who likes inspirational people have their story told.

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a good book

thos was a mixed man who showed curage and respect for his men and there famleys but his faimly life seam to suffer

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Great listen

I really didn’t but should have known of this great person
Much respect Sir
Thanks to Rolland Perry for this must listen book

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A well deserved 5 stars

I have read and listened to many books and to say that this book is great would be an understatement. I loved this book. It is well written and together with a great voice actor its has become a fantastic book to have in my collection. I've listened to it twice already in only a couple of months. I only wish there were more real Australian hero's like this for our young people to hear about and aspire to.

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Sniper

This is a book that shows us the horrors of war that brings out true grit and loyalty. I can understand Stan not talking about what he went through. My father was the same when he came back from New Guinea. To relive the awfulness is too much to share. Brave ANZACS.

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Descriptive and insightfull

very descriptive and insightfull as to the actual experience and feelings of a digger at the time, a great listen to any one that loves history.

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A great tale about an relative unknown

Tredinnick is a masterful narrator and he does not disappoint in this book about a little-known person who has led an amazing life who has left a lasting legacy (literacy).

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Excellent story and narrator

Loved listening to the story of Stan and his life. Narrator was brilliant. Author excellent... Going by his description of the characters you got to know them. So much so at the end of the book the sad news when it was his wife's and his time to go home.. I teared up. Loved the doctors words to stan. I can't recommend this book highly enough. A must for your library.

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Brilliant

Capturing detailed recollection of a true blue Aussie digger whom had been through more than any other in the great war and WW2.