Author: Lindsay, Patrick
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 2008
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 500 pages
Comments: On 19 July 1916, in the northern French village of Fromelles, Australia suffered its worst-ever military defeat when a British officer ordered 15,000 of our best and bravest to go ‘over the top’ and attack the German lines. Eight hours later, more than 5500 Diggers lay dead or wounded: the equivalent of all Australian casualtiesfrom the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars combined. In addition, some 400 of our boys were taken prisoner, but almost 200 vanished and remain missing to this day. Fromelles ranks as Australia’s worst military disaster, yet it barely rates a mention in our history books and is absent from our war memorials.
What happened to the Diggers who mysteriously disappeared? In an enthralling mix of detective story and passionate historical retelling, Patrick Lindsay travels across theworld to the killing fields of northern France in his quest to honour our fallen, and unravel one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of World War I. Fromelles tells the story of the painstaking detective work of a group of Australian amateur historians that led to the discovery of the location of the largest mass war grave site since the Second World War. It follows the story of the battle and why the historians believed the site was missed.
It also takes us to the first inconclusive exploration of the site by archaeologists in 2007. This edition of Fromelles includes a new chapter that finally reveals the truth. In June 2008 best-selling author Patrick Lindsay travelled to France to observe the archaeological dig that conclusively identified Pheasant Wood as the final resting place of the missing Diggers of Fromelles. This new chapter follows the investigationof the site and discusses the many unresolved issues that are involved in recovering the missing Diggers from the graves sites. “Remains have now been uncovered in all five suspected World War I grave sites in Northern France … This is a signifi cant day for Australia.” Major General Mike O’Brien.