The Desert Column
by Ion Idriess
Editor: ETT Imprint
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“One hundred years after the charge of the 4th Light Cavalry Brigade at beer-sheba, October 1917.The Column Desert is based on the diary he kept throughout the warPublished in 1932, it is one of the first Idriess’ worksHarry Chauvel noted in the preface that he was the only book in the campaign that to his knowledge had been “seen the entire soldier’s point of view”Idriess served as a sniper with the 5th Australian Light HorseEnlisted in 1914 he began his diary: “As we crowded the bridges out of Gallipoli” and he continued to write until he returned to AustraliaThe notebooks cover his experience of some of the war major life events in the trenches at Gallipoli for the battles of Roma and BeershebaOne of the Idriess strong points as a writer is his ability to place the reader on the scene of actionThe journals reveal an acuity of observation and a descriptive and pacey style that Idriess would be to develop further in The Column DesertThe Australian War Memorial
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