Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder And The Australian Imperial Force
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Australia's long-standing love affair with the Diggers has blinded us to the dark side of the Anzac legend. Bad Characters will tell the story of the Australian soldiers in the Great War who were not heroes. The term 'bad characters' was used by the army to refer to those who caused unrest or were disobedient: their crimes ranged from avoiding battle, absenteeism, desertion, disobedience and self-inflicting wounds and contracting venereal disease, to the more extreme charges of murder and mutiny. Bad Characters travels from the outbreak of the war through the agonising course of the conflict to its end and beyond, to the memory of the larrikin Digger that has survived in folklore and anecdote to this day. The AIF's first and greatest historian, Charles Bean, thought that the finest tribute we could pay to the men that he knew was to tell their story straight. Based on extensive research, Peter Stanley's honest, unflinching, humane and respectful book recounts dramatic, and often tragic, stories of the AIF's dark side, many for the first time, and in doing blends 'true crime' with 'war history'. More importantly, it fosters a truer understanding of who these men were, what they did in the war, and what this terrible war did to them.
- First World War
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- PIER 9
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- 272 pages
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