Russian Anzacs in Australian History

Front Cover
UNSW Press, 2005 - History - 310 pages
Elena Govor has given voice to a part of Australian cultural history that until now has been silent. Extraordinarily, it was men born in the former Russian Empire that constituted the most numerous group in the First Australian Imperial Force, after those of Anglo or Celtic background—almost one thousand Russian Anzacs. This book is a history of Russian multiethnic communities in Australia, and passionately rediscovers ties, formerly severed, between the children and grandchildren of Russian Anzacs and their Russian past.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

PART ONE ORIGINS
15
Ethnic and other Russians Byelorussians
21
Poles
38
Finns
45
Western Europeans
53
PART TWO
65
The battalion that might have been
82
From Egypt to Syria
112
Between the land and the sea
202
Making a go of it 215
219
Pressures to assimilate
227
A sense of belonging
238
Blending in
244
The Second World War
250
Epilogue
263
Appendix
275

The Western Front
114
PART THREE LIFE
183
Coming home
193
Bibliography
294
Index
305
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

HISAUS

Bibliographic information