Silent voices : the story of the 10th Battalion AIF in Australia, Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium during the Great War 1914-1918 ' by Robert Kearney. Kearney is an Australian veteran of the Vietnam War. Due to this service, he nutured an interest to locate letters, diaries and memoirs of the men of the original WW1 10th Battalion.
This book is a complement to Cecil Lock's 1936 The Fighting 10th. Kearney's book is a much larger, expanded volume of work when comparing to the other earlier books about the 10th Battalion AIF.
His book chronologically documents the Battalion from its beginnings at Morphettville Racecourse Adelaide right through to the end of WW1.
In his research, he comprehensively details all battles fought by the 10th Battalion AIF and also unearths a 90-year-old mystery by dissecting in detail the events of 9 October 1917, the contentious raid on Celtic Wood. His original research on this fierce and costly action contribute new evidence and valuable fresh insights.
Silent Voices, a 2005 1st edition history of the 10th Battalion in the Great War, one of the great Battalions of the Australian Imperial Force.
Once upon a time most South Australians would have known of the 10th Battalion and its members' service on Gallipoli and the Western Front. Many would have personally known a member of this, South Australia's most famous AIF Battalion. Almost 9,000 men passed through the Battalion and over one in ten - 1015 - died in its ranks. The 10th landed on the Gallipoli peninsula at dawn on 25 April and continued to fight through the Great War, at Pozieres, Bullecourt, Ypres and in the great battles of 1918, finally seeing its last action in the attack on Jeancourt, in the Hindenburg Line, in September 1918. Silent Voices is a notable contribution to understanding of South Australia's distinctive contribution to Australia's military history.
A prime source for genealogists and military historians. 10th Battalion medal or genealogy research ! Don't miss this one !
Used book -but only slight shelf wear to boards otherwise near new