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  The Fighting Fourth: A History of Sydney's 4th Battallion 1914-19
The Fighting Fourth: 4th Battalion 1914-19

Our Price: AU$75.00 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - hardcover, 256 pages
Author: R. Austin
Year: 2007
Other Data: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, bibliog, index
ISBN: 97870975835319

Availability: Out of Print
Product Code: SLO029
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Raised in Sydney in August 1914 by two magnificent leaders - Onslow Thompson and Charles Macnaughten, the Fighting Fourth battalion of the First AIF, went on to land at Gallipoli and then participate in the fearsome struggle at Lone Pine in August 1915, during which time over a third of the 4th Battalion died.

It was at Gallipoli, that his battalion firmly established its reputation as a fighting unit under the leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel Macnaughten, and ably assisted by other officers including Iven Mackay, 'Cast Iron' Jimmy Heane, Charles Coltman, Edward Lloyd, Alan Scott, the irrepressible chaplain 'Fighting Mac' McKenzie, and that famous fast bowler from New South Wales - Jack Massie.

From Gallipoli, the 4th Battalion went to the dreaded Western Front in April 1916, and fought in famous battles including Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, Bullecourt, Ypres, Chuignes and on the Outer Hindenburg Line in September 1918, all places where the unit further added to its impressive list of battle honours.

Although not winning a single Victoria Cross despite some members being recommended for it, the 4th Battalion had firmly established a tradition that was taken up and enhanced by the 2/4th and 4th Battalions AIF during the 1939-45 war.

Written by one of Australia's most prolific military historians, 'The Fighting Fourth' traces the history of this famous New South Wales unit, from formation, early training in Sydney and Egypt, through to Gallipoli, and then on to France and Belgium. The book is profusely illustrated with many photographs and maps, and the appendices include Honours and Awards, Honour and Nominal Rolls.

1. Thompson Forms the Fourth
2. Off to War
3. The Landing at Anzac
4. Consolidation
5. Lonesome Pine
6. The Evacuation of Anzac
7. The Sands of Egypt Again
8. Off to the Western Front
9. Pozieres
10. Mouquet Farm
11. To Flanders Then the Somme Again
12. The Winter of 1917
13. Bullecourt
14. Third Ypres
15. 1918: The Final Year
16. Peaceful Penetration
17. The Big Offensive Begins
18. The End at Last
Appendix 1: Honour Roll 4th Battalion
Appendix 2: Honours and Awards 4th Battalion
Appendix 3: Senior NCOs of the Original 4th Battalion 1914
Appendix 4: Nominal Roll of the 4th Battalion

'It is an inspirational story that should be welcomed with admiration and gratitude, not only by historians, soldiers and descendants of the 'Fighting Fourth' but by all Australians' - Major-General Gordon Maitland

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