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
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
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