History of the Anzacs at the Battle of Messines 1917

History of the Anzacs at the Battle of Messines 1917

At Any Price  The  Anzacs at the Battle of Messines 1917 by C Deayton

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The title of the book "At Any Price" relates to orders given to the German defenders on the Messines Ridge - "The enemy must not get Messines Ridge at any price"

The importance of Messines for the Australians, whose first two years of the war had represented an almost unending catalogue of disaster.

This was both the first real victory for the AIF and the first test in senior command for Major General John Monash, who commanded the newly formed 3rd Division.

Messines was a baptism of fire for the 3rd Division which came into the line alongside the battle-scarred 4th Australian Division, badly mauled at Bullecourt just six weeks earlier.

The fighting at Messines would descend into unimaginable savagery, a lethal and sometimes hand-to-hand affair of bayonets, clubs, bombs and incessant machine-gun fire, described by one Australian as ‘72 hours of Hell’.

After their string of bloody defeats over 1915 and 1916, Messines would prove the ultimate test for the Australians

Australian Battalions Present at Messines;

  • II ANZAC Corps Mounted Regiment
  • 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 34th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 38th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 41st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 44th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 45th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 46th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 47th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 49th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 51st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion


  • Book Condition: PERFECT - NEW BOOK
  • Cover Soft (SB) or Hardback (HB): Heavy Hard Boards with Dust Jacket
  • Dimensions in mm : 153 x 230
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Total Pages: 334

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