100 Years of Service

An informative and entertaining history of the Anzacs, including WWI, WWII and subsequent conflicts.
Publication date:
November 2019
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Series :
Casemate Short History
Illustration :
b/w line drawings and photos
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ISBN : 9781612006833

Dimensions : 198 X 125 cm


• Published for Anzac Day, this short history is packed with information giving a complete overview of the Anzacs
• Written in entertaining and accessible style, with plenty of anecdotes and insights into Anzac mythology
• Covers WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was initially formed as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in 1914 under the leadership of General William Birdwood, an officer of the Indian Army, and soon became affectionately known as the Anzacs. The Anzacs quickly made a name for themselves on the international stage during the war, and the enduring valour and spirit of the Anzac soldier has become legend.

The Anzacs' first major campaign was Gallipoli; they landed at a small cove on 25 April 1915 and struggled to create a bridgehead against fierce resistance. The Allied invasion was not a success, becoming a stalemate that lasted eight months. The Anzacs' part in the August offensive resulted in heavy casualties and seven Victoria Crosses being awarded to Australian soldiers, six for actions during the battle of Lone Pine. By the time the Allies evacuated the peninsula in early 1916, Australian and New Zealand total casualties topped 36,000. The Anzacs would go on to fight on the Western Front before the war ended. Anzac forces were extensively involved in World War II, seeing action in all theatres. They were deployed for the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency and the Confrontation with Indonesia. The Anzacs' involvement in the Vietnam War has cemented their heroic status, with almost 60,000 Australians serving throughout the 1960s and 1970s to support the South Vietnamese troops.

The date of the Anzac landing on Gallipoli is now celebrated as Anzac Day. Their courageous spirit continues to inspire, honouring the intrepid troops that faced such adversity at Gallipoli and in wars since; a centenary of service. This informative and entertaining short history narrates the deeds of the Anzacs since 1915 and the development of the legend of the Anzac soldier.