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The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I Egypt, Gallipoli, Lemnos Island, Sinai Peninsula   By: (1877-1947)

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The book I want to review is an extraordinary account of war service. Written by Herbert Brayley Collett, it provides a detailed chronicle of the Australian Imperial Force during the years 1915-19, focusing on their experiences in Egypt, Gallipoli, Lemnos Island, and the Sinai Peninsula. The first volume of this historical narrative, titled "The 28th," presents a riveting account of the Australian soldiers' journey throughout these grueling campaigns.

Collett's writing style is commendable, as he masterfully weaves personal anecdotes with historical facts to create a captivating narrative. The author's firsthand experience as a soldier in the Australian Imperial Force is evident through his vivid descriptions, which transport readers directly to the frontlines. His attention to detail and ability to convey the emotions and struggles of his comrades make this book an authentic portrayal of the war.

One of the strongest aspects of "The 28th" is its comprehensive scope. Collett aims to provide a holistic view of the Australian soldiers' war service, ensuring that no detail is overlooked. From the initial training camps in Australia to the bloody battles on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the author covers every significant aspect of the campaigns, shedding light on the daily challenges faced by the troops.

Furthermore, Collett's meticulous research is evident throughout the book. He incorporates official reports, letters, and diaries from fellow soldiers, gathering a vast array of primary sources to supplement his own experiences. This dedication to historical accuracy adds credibility to his account, making it an invaluable resource for both scholars and history enthusiasts.

"The 28th" also delves into the interpersonal dynamics within the Australian Imperial Force. Collett highlights the camaraderie and solidarity among soldiers, exploring how these bonds were crucial to their survival and mental well-being amidst the horrors of war. Additionally, he doesn't shy away from discussing the tensions and challenges faced by the troops, shedding light on the complexities of war beyond the battles themselves.

The only potential drawback to this book is its length and level of detail. At times, readers may feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information presented. However, it is important to note that this meticulousness is what sets "The 28th" apart, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Australian soldiers' wartime experiences.

In conclusion, "The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I Egypt, Gallipoli, Lemnos Island, Sinai Peninsula" by Herbert Brayley Collett is an exceptional historical account of the Australian soldiers' involvement in World War I. With its engrossing narrative, exhaustive research, and authentic portrayal of the soldiers' experiences, this book stands as a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the realities and sacrifices of war.

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COLONEL H. B. COLLETT, C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D. First C.O. of the Battalion

With Foreword by the Archbishop of Perth, Chaplain General to the Forces

[Illustration: ON THE SQUARE WITHIN THE WALLS OF SALADIN'S CITADEL. 30th August, 1915. The Moqattam Hills and Napoleon's Fort in the distant background.]

Published by the Trustees of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth 1922

[Copyright] by Authority: Fred. Wm. Simpson, Government Printer, Perth.

Blocks Supplied by Read & Mckinley, Art Engravers, Perth.


FOREWORD: By The Most Rev. C. O. L. Riley, O.B.E., D.D., LL.D., V.D., Archbishop of Perth, Chaplain General to the Forces. IX.





W.A. in the South African War The outbreak in 1914 Karrakatta and Blackboy Hill The first units to embark Scheme for raising new brigades The 28th Battalion authorised Enrolment of personnel Selection and appointment of Officers and N... Continue reading book >>

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