Monash and Chauvel: How Australia's two greatest generals changed the course of world history
John Monash commanded the Australian forces on the Western Front at the most critical time of the war, 1918. With his German Jewish heritage, Monash ...more
You know when you were at school, there were those kids that didn't seem to study, breezed through every exam and got straight A's...they appeared to have an innate understanding of every subject. They were just brilliant, smart kids. Well John Monash (the prime focus of my reading of this book) was one of those.
He started his career as a barrister and won 99.9% of his cases. He then studied engineering and designed some of Melbourne's mos ...more
This was a thoroughly engrossing account of Monash’s and Chauvel’s leadership on the Eastern and Western fronts during the latter stages of WW1.
This publication is a wor ...more
A Very Well Written Book on the Campaigns of Two of the Most Outstanding Generals of WWI
In this very well written book, the author of this book makes a compelling case as why John Monash and Harry Chauvel were the two of the best performing generals in the first world war. These men and the armies they led have largely been written out of history by the self-serving English professional officer class in the case of Monash and the Arabists of the British foreign services in the case of Chauvel....more
I’m pretty fresh when it comes to the world wars (which was one of the reasons this book caught my eye) and for a least half the book I was cynical of the praise being heaped on Monash - I mean if he was so awesome why is he not more widely known in my generation? And we’re the rest of the Allies’ leaders really so useless?? However by its end, I was a believer. Or at least I am super impressed by Monas ...more
I strongly recommend this well researched record of the blow by blow ordeals of the war in Gallipoli, the Middle East and the Western Front, to any serious reader who prefers truth in history rather than bias or distortion of facts for ulterior motives.
I say no more except well done Roland Perry. I am so glad to have discov ...more
A great read.