Great Anzac Stories

The men and women who created the digger legend

Graham Seal
AUD $29.99

Stories of heroism, suffering and endurance - and also humour - from the main wars in which Australians have fought.

'These stories show the overwhelming blood and honour, heroism and horror that was the Australian experience on our cruellest shores.' - Peter FitzSimons

'Accessible, short, often fresh tales capture the spirit and sentiment of Anzac.' - Roland Perry

Over the years, the experiences of soldiers at war become the stuff of legend: tales of great bravery, battlefield wins, and also the tragic losses and poignant moments. Great Anzac Stories gathers iconic stories of Australians at war-on the front line and at home.

Here we relive the horror of the first day on Gallipoli, acutely aware of what was to come. We admire the courage of the men who fought at Fromelles, the Rats of Tobruk, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and the secret submariners. We remember the nurses working in impossible conditions, support efforts on the home front, and some of the most daring men this country has ever produced.

With larrikin episodes, grim jokes from the front, and dramatic eyewitness accounts, Great Anzac Stories includes many stories which haven't seen the light of day since wartime. It uncovers the distinctive character of the Australian digger, and the growth of the Anzac tradition over the years.

Author bio:

Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, and a leading expert on Australian cultural history. He is author of the bestselling Great Australian Stories.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9781743310595
Table Of Contents: Introduction



First to fight

The forgotten island

The silent Anzac

The first day on Gallipoli

The landing

Talk about go!

Parables of Anzac


Silence of the guns

Leaving Gallipoli

We did all that was asked of us

At Pozières

The charge at Beersheba


They just poured into the wards

Everyone was as cheerful as possible

Private Punch

A soldier of the cross

The Roo de Kanga

The underground artillery

The only gleams of sunshine

Matilda goes to war

Tobruk Rats

Bluey' Truscott and 6 Squadron

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

Australia's secret submariners


Scots of the Riverina

The Durban Signaller

The chalk Rising Sun



Very irritated

Death's soldier

A stitch in time

The Nackeroos

Yanks downunder

The Brisbane Line

Miss Luckman's journal


A million cat-calls

The Pommies and the Yanks



Food and drink

Babbling brooks

Army biscuits

The casual digger



The piece of paper

Baldy becomes mobile


The Unofficial History of the AIF

Please Let Us Take Tobruk!

Parable of the Kit Inspection

The Airforce Wife


The Eureka sword

The lost submarine

The vanished battalion

The two donkeys

Murphy's daughter

The souvenir king

The crucified soldier

The Walers


Anzac and the Rising Sun

The first and the last


No 008 Trooper J Redgum

The first Anzac Days

Return to Gallipoli

After the war

The longest memorial

The lonely Anzac

The lone pines

Mrs Kim's commemoration

The long aftermath of Fromelles

The Unknown Sailor

The Long Tan cross

Traditions of remembrance WC

The Throssell VC

Do you remember?

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: December 2012
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Anthologies (non-poetry)

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