by Ross McMullin
Editor: Scribe Publications
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Pompey Elliott was a remarkable AustralianDuring the Great War, he was charismatic, controversial, and remarkably successful as a military leaderA brilliant tactician and “the bravest of the brave”, he was known never to send anyone, anywhere, he was not ready to go himselfAs a result, no Australian general was more revered by those he led or most famous outside his own commandA man of unquestionable integrity and unwavering commitment, he was also frank and volatileHis storms generated a host of anecdotes that amused his men and amazed his superiorsBut more surprising still, little was written about Elliott until the original edition of this book appeared in 2002Now in a new format and with a foreword by Les Carlyon, this comprehensive, deeply studied biography tells Elliott’s fascinating storyVery well examines Elliott’s origins and youth, his peacetime career as a lawyer and politician, and his achievements, as well as the controversies he aroused during his years as a soldierRoss McMullin masterly work recovers an important undeserved Australian from the darkHe also wisely re-evaluated notable battles he had influenced – including the Gallipoli Landing, Lone Pine, Fromelles, du Bois du Polygone, and Villers-Bretonneux – and illuminated many aspects of Australia’s experiences during his lifetime, in particular the often neglected, post-Great War period ofAustralians who have not read this book are short of changing themselves.”Peter Ryan, The Australian’One of Ross McMullin’s striking aspects of Elliott’s scrupulous biography is little has been exaggerated by posterity’.Pompey Elliott is a great book, and rightly so.Gideon Haigh, at The Age of Perhaps the Best Australian Army Biography yet appearStephen Loosley, The Sunday Telegraph
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