This a deeply researched and well written book telling the often overlooked Australian exploits at Fromelles and Pozieres in WW1 France. I was finding it a little too colloquial and wasn't always sure of the point that Peter was trying to make. Perhaps Peter you were trying too hard to tell it in an Australian way. Some of the colloquial saying are misapplied e.g. flat out like a lizard drinking indicates zero effort not the reverse. I don't need to read again about the Australians in Egypt.
The story provides important information about Australian forces operating in the great war. The incredible bravery and the horrendous carnage on both sides. The battles have never been properly recognised partly because the British hierarchy were trying to justify their actions and losses by blaming the troops..
These were different times and the allies lost many soldiers just standing still. There were none of the machines and tanks that enabled the victories later in the war. All the armies on both sides were losing men who were seen as expendable. The Australians became involved in a war that had little justification fought in a European way being directed by a rigid class hierarchy led by cousins. None of this diminishes the bravery of the Australians in impossible situations. Which is what this book should concentrate on telling.