By Craig Stockings

Australian army historical past is a panorama of legends. but around the size and breadth of our army background, accuracy and objectivity are frequently shunted apart in order that stories and myths bent on commemoration, veneration, and the idealisation of ‘Australian’ virtues can thrive. In Anzac’s soiled Dozen a crew of well known historians resume the conflict to reveal a number of obdurate fantasies and fabrications that vague the genuine tale. Did our army heritage commence at Gallipoli? can we relatively punch above our weight in army could? Are our squaddies extra moral than others in strive against? Is the US-Australia Alliance definitely worth the hassle? And what if the position of Australian ladies within the conflict attempt has been exaggerated, in order that part the inhabitants can consider incorporated within the Anzac tale? Confronting and clear-eyed, Anzac’s soiled Dozen is going past the indulgent, politicised and emotionally-charged rhetoric of Anzac – that sacrosanct concept within the nationwide psyche – to determine precisely what it potential to be Australian at struggle, and pleased with it.

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