The broken years : Australian soldiers in the Great War / Bill Gammage Gammage, Bill, 1942-

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Gammage, Bill, 1942-
Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921); World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, Australian.; World War (1914-1918)
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"When the Great War started, most Australians believed in the notions of patriotism, courage and unswerving loyalty to the British Empire. But as the war dragged on, as the horrors intensified and the casualty lists grew, patriotism gave way to cynicism and courage to despair. By the time the conflict ended, basic changes had taken place in the minds of many fighting men and their lives were never th same again. Using the diaries and letters of about one thousand front line soldiers in the first A.I.F., Bill Gammage shows how and why these changes took place. The broken years is a vivid, often horrifying and moving portrayal of soldiers at war - men locked in a tragedy that engulfed an age."--Back cover.
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