Title: Official History of Australia at War 1914 – 1918 : 12 Volume Set
Volume I – The Story of ANZAC from the outbreak of war to the end of the first phase of the Gallipoli Campaign, May 4, 1915 (13th Edition – 1942)
Volume II – The Story of ANZAC from 4 May, 1915, to the Evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula (13th Edition – 1944)
Volume III – The Australian Imperial Force in France, 1916 (8th Edition – 1939)
Volume IV – The Australian Imperial Force in France, 1917 (13th Edition – 1943)
Volume V – The Australian Imperial Force in France during the Main German Offensive, 1918 (7th Edition – 1940)
Volume VI – The Australian Imperial Force in France during the Allied Offensive, 1918 (1st Edition – 1942) – Slack spine
Volume VII – The Australian Imperial Force in Sinai and Palestine, 1914 – 1918 (12th Edition – 1944)
Volume VIII – The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War, 1914 – 1918 (9th Edition – 1940)
Volume IX – The Royal Australian Navy, 1914 – 1918 (11th Edition – 1943)
Volume X – The Australians at Rabaul. The Capture and Administration of the German Possessions in the Southern Pacific (11th Edition – 1942)
Volume XI – Australia During the War (9th Edition – 1943)
Volume XII – Photographic Record of the War (16th Edition – 1943)
Author: Bean, C E W et al
Condition: Very Good
Publication Date: Various
Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket
Comments: Official histories are “official” in the sense they are commissioned by government as the national record of Australia’s involvement in particular conflicts. The official historians are granted unrestricted access to closed period and security classified government records. The Australian official war histories contain the authors’ own interpretations and judgements and do not follow any official or government line.
The works are the first published official record of Australia’s involvement in war. They are a detailed, chronological record of all services and theatres of conflict. They comprise an invaluable resource for researchers at all levels, from the scholar to the general reader. The official war histories are our enduring national record providing a comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible account of the Australian experience of war.
The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 is a 12-volume series covering Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The series was edited by the official historian Charles Bean, who also wrote six of the volumes, and was published between 1920 and 1942. The books, with their familiar covers, “the colour of dried blood” in the words of one reviewer, rapidly became highly regarded internationally. Bean’s work established the tradition and set the standard for all subsequent Australian official war histories.
Overseas customers please note that postage outside of Australia will be very expensive given the weight of the 12 books (22kgs via International Air Mail).
Overall condition is considered to be very good. One copy has a slack spine, internally all copies clean. As is usually the case with these books the covers have been subject to attack by insects that are responsible for the mottled appearance. This set has been priced accordingly for the overall condition.