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  • Our greatest General

    Monash is sadly neglected by British historians. The wonderful victoires described here are all by and large due to his brilliance as a military planner and tactitian. The August 8th campaigne is usually attributed to Rawlinson, but it was the plan submitted by Monash that served the fundamental basis of the attack. Rawlinson was effusive with his praise and for the first time in hundreds of years, and the last, time, the King knighted a soldier in the field,Monash. In this book Monash is quick to praise his fellow officers of all allied countries, to praise his own men and to dwonplay any failure by those under or associated with him. He gives a simple factual accout of the role the Australians played in the last phase of the war. His accountis from the "horses mouth" and written immediatley after the war whenhe was engagded inthemonumental task of repatriating the Australian troops. Some have pointed out some incorret facts and figures, this is churlish as the basic facts and deeds of the Corps is fundamentally correct, A must read for Australians and British historians take note and give Monash the credit he deserves.

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  • A muscular mind at work

    This is a fascinating account told in the vigorous, straight-talking, but meticulous prose of an engineer turned military leader. Even taking into account all the contextual constraints that beset the book, and Monash's purpose in setting down the successes of Australian troops - which are his own successes - something survives of his personal self-confidence, intellect and tendency to find a new and better way. I particularly liked his analysis of the virtues of the common soldier and his elegiac appreciation of what in the end is a dreadful waste of life.

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  • Inside the mind of John Monash

    This reveals in great detail, the innovative planning, unit restructuring , novel tactics etc etc which enabled the Australian army to move from defensive trench warfare to open offensive actions , the forebearer . of Blizkrieg. A fascinating and well documented insight,

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