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ANZAC's Dirty Dozen: 12 Myths of Australian Military History

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Australian military history is a landscape of legends, yet across the breadth of military heritage, accuracy and objectivity are often shunted aside so that tales bent on commemoration, veneration, and the idealization of Australian virtues can thrive. In this book, a team of renowned historians revisit the battles to expose a host of stubborn fantasies and fabrications th ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by University of New South Wales Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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Jun 05, 2012 added it
Anyone who picked this up solely on the strength of its RSL-baiting title is probably going to be disappointed, this is a pretty staid collection of academic essays, most of the arguments presented therein won't surprise anyone familiar with the current historical consensus.

Nonetheless, it's always nice to see a few shibboleths put to the sword, and Australian military history has no shortage. There are strong assaults on contemporary myths - 'Australia punches above its weight' is admirably dis
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