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He Came from Australia: Lieutenant Percival Ralph, MM, MID (53rd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force)

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 96 pages
Author: Y. Fohlen
Year: 1998
ISBN: 9781876439248
Other: b&w photos, maps, glossary, bibliog, index
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications

As well as a brief outline of the history of the 53rd Battalion in the last years of the war, this is primarily the story of Lieutenant Percy Ralph MM. He fought with the AIF on the Western Front from 1917 and was killed in 1918. He left Australia as a Private soldier in late 1916 and within a year was promoted to Sergeant and then Second Lieutenant.

This book reveals a lot about the attitudes of the men who went to fight on the other side of the world - then men who created the ANZAC tradition. His letters downplay the dangers and hardships but reveal the nonchalance with which the Australians undertook their attack on the Hindenburg line.

List of Illustrations and Maps
Author's Preface
1. The Great Adventure
2. With the 53rd Battalion in France
3. The Battle of Polygon Wood
4. Out of the Front Line
5. The Last Fight
6. Aftermath
7. Epilogue
8. Glossary
Awards and Casualty List
Book List
Extra Maps

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  1. Informative

    Posted by Janice Howarth on 6th Mar 2017

    Gives an insight into what it was like for our men in the war.

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