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ISBN-10: 1925106063

ISBN-13: 9781925106060

Most histories of Australia’s nice conflict rush their readers into the trenches, yet this background is particularly diverse. For the 1st time, it examines occasions heavily, even hour-by-hour, in either Britain and Australia over the past days of peace in July and August 1914. London’s selection for battle was once a really close-run factor. on the top of the diplomatic obstacle resulting in battle, it seemed greatly like Britain would select neutrality. merely very past due within the night of Tuesday four August did a small clique within the British cupboard eventually engineer a assertion of struggle opposed to Germany. in the meantime, Australia’s political leaders, deep within the throes of a federal election crusade, competed with one another in a love-of-empire public sale. They leapt sooner than occasions in London. on the top of the diplomatic predicament, they provided to move the brand-new Royal Australian army to the British Admiralty. most significantly, on Monday three August, an internal team of the Australian cupboard, egged on through the governor-general, provided an expeditionary strength of 20,000 males, to serve wherever, for any goal, less than British command, and with the full expense to be borne by means of Australia—some forty hours sooner than the British cupboard made up its brain. Australia’s leaders thereby misplaced the opportunity to set limits, to weigh pursuits, or to insist upon session. They needlessly uncovered Australian squaddies and their households to the entire horror of the mechanized slaughter that was once to return. They have been hell-bent—and they received there.

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