The Desert Anzacs: The Forgotten Wars in the Deserts of Egypt, Palestine and North Africa

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Hardie Grant Books, 2014 - Desert warfare - 304 pages
The charge of the Light Horse Brigade is the stuff of legend, but there are other desert campaigns in Mesopotamia, the Mediterranean and North Africa that are often overlooked. The Desert ANZACs brings to the fore the tales of the ANZACs who fought in the heat and desert sands - from their first-ever overseas deployment to the Sudan in 1885, through the campaigns in the Great War, and finally the Siege of Tobruk in 1941. The ANZACs have always been recognised for their bravery, and tales of derring-do abound: the Dunsterforce, who set off through Iran not knowing their destination; the Turks and Australians who joined forces in Ziza to deter thousands of marauding Bedouin; the Imperial Camel Corps, who rode their camels into battle; the Light Car Patrol, comprising Model T Fords with machine guns welded to their bonnets; and the ongoing siege at Tobruk that stymied the German advance across North Africa in World War II and proved the ANZACs' relentless, never-give-up attitude.

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The Desert Anzacs uncovers the daring exploits of the Australians, bringing to light a part of the Anzac legend that is not so much forgotten as rarely told.

Supported by SBS television, radio, and print promotion.

A rare telling of the exploits of the ANZACS in the deserts of the Middle East.

Popular history at its best; full of personal stories and recollections of crazy escapades, battles and

Aussies getting lost. Telling tales of daring and fun and games in a theatre few know much about.

Perfect for Father's Day and Military History lovers

Barry's previous books are Scandalous (3k), History's Greatest Headlines (3k), Mutinies on the High Seas. The Diggers' Menagerie: Mates, Mascots and Marvels and Prison Breakouts.Barry Stone has written for most of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines. This will be his sixth book. His books include Scandalous, History's Greatest Headlines, Mutinies on the High Seas and Prison Breakouts.


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