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Bully Beef and Balderdash. Some myths of the AIF examined and debunked

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Was Beersheba the last great cavalry charge in history? Did the AIF storm the red light district of Cairo and burn it to the ground while fighting running battles with the military police? Was the AIF the only all-volunteer army of World War I? Graham Wilson’s Bully Beef and Balderdash shines a critical light on these and other well-known myths of the AIF in World War I, a ...more
Hardcover, First, 601 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Big Sky Publishing (first published January 1st 1982)
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Anne Hamilton
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australia-nz
Superb book examining the legends that have grown up around the Anzacs and which, through constant repetition, have achieved the status of fact.

The lists seem unending at times and, while they make the point, I felt that perhaps they would have been better left to a footnote (or even redirected to a website) since they often interrupted the flow of the narrative. It was almost as if the book couldn't make up its mind about its target audience: military historians or the general public.

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Christopher Bounds
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic, history
Some very good research, an engaging argument, but an appallingly badly edited book. The number of typos and howlers should fill the publisher with shame.
Mick Maye
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very good and well researched book. Went on the overkill several times when he had already proved his point to me. Amazingly I have read several of the sources he uses and agreed wholeheartedly with what he says, but I still think of the myths as being true even when I know they are not. Great book that really needs to be read to convince people of these events and there mythical status. Highly recommend.
Paul Ryan
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting book marred by very poor editing. Among other things, the interminable tables and lists interrupted the flow of the argument. One consequence of this was considerable repetition as the author struggled to re-establish the thread of the broken narrative. The tables and lists were interesting in themselves and provide useful source material but would have been better included as appendices than in the body of the book.
Garry Wilson
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A must for the military buff.
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