The War with Germany - Book Launch

| 29 Sep 2015

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On Thursday, 24 October, H.E. Mr Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador, Embassy of Belgium officially launched The War with Germany written by Dr Robert Stevenson, UNSW Canberra, Volume 3of the five volume series The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War edited by Professor Jeffrey Grey, UNSW Canberra and published by Oxford University Press.

For most Australians the Great War begins with the Gallipoli dawn on 25 April 1915; few appreciate the significance of Australia’s first action that occurred seven months earlier on the island of New Britain to Australia’s near north. Nor did Australia’s war with Germany end with the Armistice in Europe on 11 November 1918, since it was nearly two months after the guns fell silent in France before a lone German officer emerged from the jungles of New Guinea to finally surrender. Between those two pivotal events, Australia’s soldiers fought in some of the most intense and protracted battles of the Great War. They ended the trial with a reputation of being among the finest soldiers produced by that conflict.

Deeply researched and drawing on previously untapped primary sources and recent scholarship The War with Germany examines the performance of the Australian Army in the two theatres where it confronted the German Army during the First World War: German New Guinea and the Western Front. With a blend of narrative and theme the book charts the rise and fall of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force in the Pacific and the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front.

The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War series has been commissioned by the Chief of Army to be released during the Centenary of the Great War. It provides authoritative, accessible and provocative accounts of all facets of the Great War, from the conduct of operations against Turkey and Germany and the political, social and economic dimensions of the war effort back in Australia, to the composition, nature and experience of the Australian Imperial Force overseas.

The series presents a wide-ranging accessible account of one of the formative events in Australian history for a new generation of readers at a time – the Centenary – when many people will want to delve more deeply into the events and their significance. Written primarily by UNSW Canberra historians it combines wide-ranging scholarship and extensive use of the archival record, including many sources unavailable to CEW Bean, Australia's official war historian in the 1920s and 1930s or previously not used by historians.

Other titles in this series that will be published during the Centenary of the Great War include:
Volume 1: Australia and the War in the Air, Volume 2: The War with the Ottoman Empire; Volume 3: The War with Germany; still to be launched: Volume 4: The War at Home; and, Volume 5: The Australian Imperial Force.

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