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Pompey Elliott at War : in his own words / Ross McMullin
Bib ID 8039455
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource]
McMullin, Ross, author
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Access Conditions National edeposit: Available onsite at national, state and territory libraries 
Description Brunswick, Victoria : Scribe Publications, 2017 
1 online resource (544 pages) 
ISBN 9781925548617 (EPUB)
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Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War I have been published, but none more riveting than this one. The wartime letters and diaries of Pompey Elliott, Australia's most famous fighting general, are exceptionally forthright. They are also remarkably illuminating about his volatile emotions. Pompey not only wrote frankly about what happened to him and the men he was commanding; he was also frank about what he felt about both. Having arranged a no-secrets pact with his wife for their correspondence before he left Australia in 1914, he adhered to that agreement throughout the conflict. Moreover, Pompey expressed himself with vivid candour in his diaries and other correspondence. He wrote rapidly and fluently, with fertile imagery, a flair for simile, and an engaging turn of phrase. His extraordinary letters to his young children turned even the Western Front into a bedtime story. Pompey was prominent in iconic battles and numerous controversies. He was wounded at the Gallipoli landing, and four of his men were awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine. No one was more instrumental than Pompey in turning looming defeat into stunning victory at both Polygon Wood and Villers-Bretonneux. No Australian general was more revered by those he led or more famous outside his own command. Ross McMullin, the author of the award-winning and best-selling biography Pompey Elliott, has collected Pompey's words from a variety of sources and shaped them into a compelling narrative. This book will transform our awareness of Pompey's importance in the dramatic final year of World War I. Produced as a handsome hardback, and meticulously researched, this will appeal to many military-history fans as a successor volume to Pompey Elliott, the author's 2008 biography This is an outstanding, moving, and comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the experience of military leadership from Australia's great fighting general of WWI This is destined to be treasured as one of the great personal accounts of Australians at war.

Full contents
  • Machine generated contents note 1. Preparing the Battalion ̀Finest lot of fellows you could raise anywhere' August 1914
  • March 1915
  • 2. Ashore at Gallipoli Ẁon't be many of the poor old Seventh left' April
  • May 1915
  • 3. Torment at Steele's Post ̀May I never see another war' June
  • July 1915
  • 4. Carnage at Lone Pine Ìt was all like a horrible nightmare' August 1915
  • 5. Delayed Recuperation Ì love you dearest Katie, my own wee angel wife' September
  • December 1915
  • 6. Promotion and Controversy ̀Do you desire an efficient brigade or will any old thing do?' January

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Print version record

Subjects Elliott, Pompey, 1878-1931.  |  Elliott, Pompey, 1878-1931.  |  Elliott, Pompey, 1878-1931.  |  Elliott, Pompey, 1878-1931.  |  Australia. Australian Army.  |  Australia. Australian Army -- Officers -- Biography.  |  World War (1914-1918)  |  Biography & Autobiography - Military.  |  History - General.  |  Diaries, letters & journals.  |  Literary Collections / Diaries & Journals.  |  History - Australia & Oceania.  |  History - Military - World War I.  |  General & world history.  |  First World War.  |  Biography: historical, political & military.  |  Generals.  |  HISTORY / Military / Other.  |  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Military Science.  |  Generals -- Australia -- Biography.  |  World War, 1914-1918 -- Australia -- Biography.  |  World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, Australian.  |  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Australian.  |  Armed Forces -- Officers.  |  Australia.  |  Australian
Form/genre Biography.  |  Electronic books
Other authors/contributors Scribe
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