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Secret army : an elite force, a secret mission, a fleet of Model-T Fords, a far flung corner of WWI / Barry Stone
Bib ID 7417857
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Stone, Barry, author
 
Description Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017 
©2017 
xviii, 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map, portraits, plates ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781760290689 (paperback)
Summary

It was arguably the greatest fighting force in the entirety of the Great War. They were the very best: hardened, fearless, decorated, cocky fighting men, all veterans of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Yet this elite force secretly assembled in London in late 1917 remains an enigma even today. Barry Stone tells the story of these Australian, British, New Zealand, Canadian and South African men who were sent to the ethnic powder keg of the Caucasus to preserve British interests. They matched wits with German spies and assassins. They fought the Turks. They dined with sheiks, outraged local mullahs, forged unlikely alliances with Russian Cossacks, helped Armenians flee genocide, and saved the lives of thousands of starving Persians.This book is a rarity: a story set against the backdrop of war, filled not with bloodshed but with acts of kindness and selflessness; a triumph of the human spirit.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-225) and index.

Subjects World War, 1914-1918 -- Caucasus.  |  Special operations (Military science) -- Caucasus.  |  Special forces (Military science) -- Caucasus.  |  Desert warfare -- History -- 20th century.  |  Australian
Form/genre Biographies.  |  Informational works.

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