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  Fighting Nineteenth: History of the 19th Infantry Battalion AIF 1915-1918
Fighting Nineteenth: History of the 19th Battation AIF 1915-1918

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 536 pages
Author: W. Matthews & D. Wilson
Year: 2011
Other Data: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, index
ISBN: 9780980777444

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Product Code: AMH083

After more than 95 years, the story of the 'Fighting Nineteenth' can can finally be told. Almost 5000 men served in the 19th Battalion, AIF during its three and half years as one of the four battalions of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division. It was formed in Sydney in March 1915 and many of its first recruits were recently discharged members of the Australian force that captured the Germs colonies in New Guinea.

This history traces the battalion's progress from Australia to Egypt for training and then its four month on Gallipoli where it was responsible for the defence of Pope's Hill. After the evacuation, it returned to Egypt to defend to Suez Canal.

The battalion then moved to the Western Front in early 1916 where it participated in all the major campaigns involving Australians in France and Flanders.

During the next two years. it suffered heavy casualties, especially a tthe battles of Fleurs and Second Bullecourt, being reduced to almost ineffective fighting strength. In addition to the manuy combat casualties, the unit suffered through two cruel northern EUropean winters and the endless drudgery of trench warfare routines and gruelling fatigue duties. Lieutenant Percy Storkey, originallyfrom New Zealand, who won the Victoria Cross at Hangard Wood in April 1918 was only one of many men decorated for their bravery.

Using official war diaries and input from individual diaries, letters and photos provided by families, the authors have shown how men served and endured terrible situations but fought on. The detail of life for the men who wore the brown and green diamond is presented without fear or favour - this is how they lived, played, fought, survived or died. The book contains a Nominal Roll, Honours and Awards and CD which contains details biographical information.

List of Maps
Battle Honours
1. raising the 19th Battalion
2. Gallipoli: August to December 1915
3. Mutiny on the Suez Canal
4. Armentieres: The Quiet Sector
5. The Battle of Pozieres
6. To the Ypres Salient
7. Into the Maze at Flers
8. Hindenburg Line and Lagnicourt
9. Second Battle of Bullecourt
10. Third Battle of Ypres
11. Holding the Line
12. German Spring Offensive 1918
13. Advance to Mont St Quentin
14. The Final Battles
15. Aftermath
Appendix 1. 19th Battalion Roll of Honour
Appendix 2. Commanding Officers of the 19th Battalion AIF
Appendix 3. 19th Battalion AIF Enlistment Table by Country and State of Birth
Appendix 4. First AIF Structure (Divisions - Brigades - Infantry Battalions) 1916-1918
Appendix 5. Reorganisation of the AIF - Lieutenant-General Monash's Letter
Appendix 6. AIF Infantry Brigade Structure 1916-1918
Appendix 7. Prisoners of War - 19th Battalion AIF 1915-1918
Appendix 8. Casualty Evaucuation System
Appendix 9. Dominion Casualty Figures
Appendix 10. Transport Vessels Carrying the 19th Battalion and Reinforcements Drafts 1915-1918
Appendix 11. Contributors
Appendix 12. Bibliography and Sources

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

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Worthy read March 13, 2014
Reviewer: Ruby Miller from Mascot, NSW Australia  
Having studied a number of AIF battalion histories none have so far matched the flowing writing style of the authors.

No stodgy dry plod, but a well measured weaving of an amazing array of source material and when it starts to get a bit complicated and intense there is always a map to help the mind's eye see how the timing and movements on the ground proceeded.

It's the maps that impressed me most as no two are of the same type of style but are, like the text, a rich weave of many expertly layered insights.

The best surprise is the Research CROM inside the back cover, never have seen one used in a battalion history before and is a credit to it's compiler and author. If it was printed the book would be well over a thousand pages made up of more maps, rolls and details.

A great aid for anyone interested in understanding this period of Australian and world history.


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A Book & CDROM Worthy of Their Memory August 15, 2011
Reviewer: Bill Kelly from Armidale, NSW  
Never before have I read a unit history that keeps one attached to the men like this one. The style of the writing is a credit to the authors where the reader progresses along part of, yet detached, like watching a train wreck in slow motion, which is what the Great War was. A slow moving series of encounters with an enemy who faded just a bit quicker than these men did.

Over the week or so it took to read this tome, it never faltered in its ability to connect, with at least this reader.

A recommended read about how the Hun was hunted and then haunted by these brave men of the 19th Battalion AIF.

[nb: the CDROM is the best part where high quality colour maps match those in the the text, with extensive captions and other information, including an amazing array of photos of the men and many boys who served]

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