On long memories


One thing that often surprises Americans if they visit Australia for any length of time is how recent in the national memory is the First World War. I know that when I first began to travel outside Australia, the lack of monuments to the fallen in every town I visited was, in some way, jarring.

As a student of such things*, I was shocked at the time (and remain shocked even today) at the paucity of “canonical” historical works that give much more than a casual reference to what the Australians contributed to the fight on the Western front at places like Bullecourt and Messines. Gallipoli and the Middle East were only a part of it.

It’s a topic ripe for the picking for anyone looking to tell some amazing and heartbreaking true stories.

(*BA in Military, Strategic, and Diplomatic History, 1992)

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