Monash and Chauvel : How Australia’s Two Greatest Generals Changed the Course of World History
by Roland Perry
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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Monash and Chauvel is a gripping account of the story that follows the extraordinary campaigns of the two most remarkable battlefields, the commanders of the First World War through all Allied armies: John Monash and Harry Chauvel.John Monash commanded Australian forces on the Western Front at the most critical time of the war, 1918With his German of the Jewish heritage, Monash was an outsider who had resurrected to his position through his military ground floor breakthrough achievements.Almost unique among Allied generals on the Western Front, he learned lessons from past failures and devised the tactics that allowed his Australian troops to break the deadlock of trench warfare, orchestrated essential battles, including Amiens, Mont St Quentin, Péronne, and the Hindenburg Line, which defeated the German Army in France.In the war against the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East, Harry Chauvel led the 34,000-strong Desert Mounted on the ColumnChauvel was an Empire of man, who considered himself to be the first British, Australian second.His attitude changed in the course of the war when he realized that he would have to ignore the instructions of his British superiors and take the initiative in planning combat tactics himself if he were to defeat the TurksHe did so at Romani in Sinai in August 1916; at beer-sheba on October 31,1917; and in the 1918 final willingness to repel the right Turks out of the Middle East after 400 years of brutal rule over the Arab tribes.By the end of the war Monash and Chauvel had brought an Australian distinctly from the sensitivity of their areas of operation, involving flexibility, innovation and a deep respect for the troops, they led, which in turn was counterbalanced by their men.Their impact on the war was immense, and in this fascinating and irresistible account, Roland Perry’s best-selling author fully does justice to his extraordinary career and the soldiers under his command.
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