Title: “Their courage is deserving of the highest praise.” – A Record of the 10th Australian Field Ambulance in World War I
Author: Anderson, James
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2016
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 653 pages
Comments: The detailed history of the 10th Field Ambulance during World War 1.
“What did you do in the war grandpa?”
This was not a question to which many people got a satisfactory answer, such answers were often too painful to give. For those that did ask, many did not have the life-experience to understand the answers.
This book takes another step to filling in their story.
This is the history of a field ambulance unit in WWI, it is presented through the diaries of the two principle participants — the officers and the soldiers — each left their own stories.
To hear the soldier’s voice the available letters and diaries have been used. The author’s own grandfather kept a detailed diary of his army life from embarkation and passage to England, through service in France to his being bomb-fodder on the eve of the 1918 liberation of Villers-Brettoneaux, his rehabilitation in England and eventual return home.
The officers wrote an Official War Diary each day, as well as some who left post-War reflections.
The Official War Diary and the soldier’s diary are each transcribed and presented in a day-to-day comparison. This allows for each to comment on their own experience and for us to listen to what each felt were the most important bits to pass on.
Perhaps a new generation can begin to listen, even though these soldiers can no longer speak for themselves.
Includes Nominal Roll