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Our Dear Old Battalion: The Story of the 7th Battalion AIF, 1914-1919

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 320 pages
Author: R. Austin
Year: 2004
ISBN: 9780957975231
Other: photos, maps, nominal roll, roll of honour, index
Publisher: Slouch Hat Publications

When four Victoria Crosses were awarded to officers and men of the 7th Battalion following the Lone Pine attacks at Gallipoli during August 1915, the battalion's enviable fighting record was confirmed. No other Australians battalion during two World Wars has match the 7th's record of four VCs in a single battle!

The 7th Battalion was formed in August 1914, and during its existence had three outstanding Commanding Officers; Lt-Cols 'Pompey' Elliott, Carl Jess and 'Dad' Herrod. With fine leaders such as these men, the 7th Battalion was destined for success. Recruited mainly from Bendigo, central Victoria and the Western District, the 7th Battalion had as its motto 'Cede Nullis' of 'Concede nothing'.

Having fought in three major battles at Gallipoli - The Landing of 25 April 1915, Krithia and then Lone Pine, by the time the battalion reached France, it was battle-hardened, but great sacrifices were to be required before the war was over, with battles like Pozieres, Ypres and Lihons exacting a heavy cost.

'Our Dear Old Battalion' is a stirring story of one of Australia's most famous infantry units of the Great War, tracing its formation and early life at Broadmeadows, training in Egypt, then to Gallipoli, and after another spell in Egypt, to the Western Front in 1916. Written by one of Australia's most prolific military historians, the book is profusely illustrated with photos and maps and contains many appendices, including Honours and Awards, Honour and Nominal Rolls.

1. The Path to War
2. Egypt and Ismailia
3. The Anzac Landings
4. To Cape Helles and Krithia
5. Return to Anzac
6. Lone Pine
7. Lemnos and the Evacuation of Anzac
8. Egypt and a New Commanding Officer
9. First Months in France
10. Pozieres
11. Second Pozieres
12. Back to Belgium
13. More Winter Mud
14. Menin Road
15. Broodseinde Ridge
16. The German Offensive
17. Peaceful Penetration
18. Lihons
19. Herleville Woods
20. The Armistice and Home
Appendix 1: Battle Honours of the 7th Battalion, 1st AIF
Appendix 2: Prisoners of War
Appendix 3: Honour Roll
Appendix 4: Honours and Awards
Appendix 5: Enlistments from the Citizen Forces
Appendix 6: Nominal Roll

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