Digger Smith and Australia's Great War: Ordinary name - extraordinary stories

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Allen & Unwin, Oct 1, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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Smiths were among the first men to land at Gallipoli. Smiths fought and died at Pozieres, Bullecourt and Passchendaele. Smiths were wounded - and treated by doctors and nurses named Smith. At home, Smiths penned patriotic doggerel and spoke vociferously against conscription. There was Grace Cossington Smith and her iconic painting The Sock Knitter, and Victor Smith, who designed a guided missile in his dad's workshop in suburban Brisbane. Australia's Smiths included the AIF's senior policeman, a Jewish VC, and the war's most famous Australian aviators. They and thousands of more humble Smiths reflect the hopes and fears, the tragedies and the triumph of Australia in the Great War. Then there are the German-Australian Smiths, the Schmidts, who fought for Australia even as Schmidts at home were vilified and interned. Just as the Great War affected all Australians, we can see the great range of their experience through the lives and deaths of those sharing the most common, representative surname.
 

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Contents

Cover Title Page Dedication Notes
Introduction
The Smiths in
Digger Smith volunteers
Digger Smith sails away
Digger Smith on Gallipoli
Digger Smith in uniform
Smiths that went and Smiths that stayed
Smith the war worker
Digger Smith attacks
Digger Smith behind the wire
Schmidts interned
Alias Digger Smith
Smith the striker
Digger Smith is decorated
Digger Smith on the Somme again

Patriotic Smiths
Digger Smith is promoted
Smith the sailor
The Smiths at home
Digger Smith on the move
Digger Smith on the Somme
The Schmidts
Digger Smith in battle
The Smiths and conscription
Digger Smith plays
Digger Schmidt
Digger Smith in the desert
Digger Smith in Blighty
Master and Miss Smith
Digger Smith is wounded
Sister Smith
Smiths in the
Inventive Smiths
Smith the suspect
Digger Smith dies
Digger Smith and the Armistice
Digger Smith comes home
The Smiths and The Repat
Digger Smiths widow
Smith the soldiersettler
The war and Digger Smith
Remembering Digger Smith
The Smiths and Schmidts in this book
Researching Digger Smith
Acknowledgments Text credits Copyright
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Dr Peter Stanley is Australia's most prolific writer on the Great War. He has published 25 books, most dealing with the experience of war in Australia and Britain. Peter's books include Tarakan, White Mutiny, For Fear of Pain, Quinn's Post, Anzac, Gallipoli, Invading Australia, A Stout Pair of Boots and Men of Mont St Quentin. His books published by Pier 9 include Commando to Colditz, Bad Characters and Simpson's Donkey. Formerly the Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial, where he worked from 1980 to 2007, he heads the Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum of Australia and is an adjunct professor at the Australian National University and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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