Title: Venturing into No Man’s Land – Joseph Maxwell VC World War I Hero
Author: Ramsland, John
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2012
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 343 pages
Comments: “A flash blinds me… We are lost in a chaos of flying mud… Smoke, filth,confusion, racket! I spit and splutter and swear… Oh Christ! I think I’m flamin’ well dead.”
This is the compelling story of Lieutenant Joseph “Darkie” Maxwell DCM, MC and Bar, VC – the second highest decorated Australian soldier of the First World War.
Meticulously researched by historian John Ramsland, Maxwell’s colourful life is traced from his childhood on the Hunter coalfields until his death at age 71 in a soldier’s settlement home in Matraville Sydney.
Maxwell was a vivid storyteller who wrote ‘Hells Bells and Mademoiselles’, telling of his experiences in the war. In telling Maxwell’s story, Ramsland has uncovered many forgotten documents to piece together an extraordinary life of an extraordinary man.
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