The Story of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 152 pages
Author: F. Blackwell & D. Douglas
Year: (1950) 2009
ISBN: 9781845747701
Other: b&w photos, map, honours & awards
Publisher: Naval & Military Press

For Australia the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

The 3rd Light Horse Regiment was raised in Adelaide on 17 August 1914. Although most of its recruits were enlisted in South Australia, one of the regiment's three squadrons was composed of Tasmanians and was raised and trained in Hobart. The two components sailed from their home ports in late October 1914 and arrived in Egypt in the second week of December. They served in the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I. The brigade first saw action during the Dardanelles Campaign in the Battle of Gallipoli where they were noted for their charge during the Battle of the Nek.

Similar to other Australian battalion histories, the book begins with its formation and training, followed by embarkation. Numerous campaigns are written about, and it includes a statistics table of casualties, as well as a list of those from the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment who received honours and awards.

Useful for those wanting to know more about the battalion's history, as well as for family historians.

Part 1. The Regiment Prepares for War
1. Formation of the Regiment
2. Organisation
3. Equipment
4. Training
5. Embarkation
6. Rendezvour
7. Life on a Horse Transport
8. Hats Off to the Navy
9. Destination - Cairo
10. In the Land of the Pharoes
11. The Regiment Moves Camp
12. The Regiment Becomes Foot-sloggers

Part 2. Campaign - ANZAC
1. Preparation for Invasion
2. The Epic Landing
3. The Regiment Lands
4. The Battle for the Hills
5. The Armistice
6. Stalemate
7. Vale Lieut.-Col. F.M. Rowell
8. Life at Anzac
9. The August Offensive
10. The Battle of Sari Bair
11. Second Stalemate
12. The Evacuation
Honours and Awards
Additional Notes and Comments
Section 1: General

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