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Forward Undeterred: The History of the 23rd Battalion 1915-1918

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 312 pages
Author: R. Austin
Year: 2007
ISBN: 9780958529600
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendix, index
Publisher: Slouch Hat Publications

Forward Undeterred' describes the formation of the 23rd Battalion in early 1915, and its training at Broadmeadows and Egypt prior to landing at Gallipoli in September 1915. For the next few months the unit garrisoned the Lone Pine and Brown's Dip trenches, usually on a roster of 48 hours in each. Although the battalion was not involved in any major battles, the unit suffered casualties on an almost daily basis until evacuated in December.

After some months in the hot sands of Egypt, the 23rd Battalion sailed to France, where over the next two and a half years, it fought in most of the major battles of France and Belgium, including Pozieres, Bullecourt, Ypres, Hamel and Mont St Quentin. It was at Mont St Quentin in September 1918, the Private Robert Mactier earned to battalion's only Victoria Cross.

The extensive use of soldier's diaries and letters in this book, provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the life of an AIF battalion during the Great War of 1914-1918.

Author's Note
1. Broadmeadows to Helipolis
2. Gallipoli Stalemate
3. From Sand to Mud
4. The Height of Pozieres
5. Return to Pozieres
6. Polygon Wood
7. Broodseinde Ridge
8. The Final Winter
9. Ville sur Ancre
10. Mont St Quentin
11. The Beaurevoir Line
Appendix 1. Battle Honours
Appendix 2. Honour Roll and Cemetery Locations: 23rd Battalion
Appendix 3: Honours and Awards
Appendix 4: Nominal Roll: The Original 23rd Battalion
Appendix 5: Nominal Roll: Reinforcements to the 23rd Battalion
Appendix 6: In the Prison Camps of Germany

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  1. Informative

    Posted by Unknown on 12th May 2017

    A gift for the great grandson of one of the men of the 23 rd Battalion.
    Arrived very quickly and was appreciated by the recipient whose great grandfather was one of those who didn't talk about the war so we were interested to read about what would have been his experiences.

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