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Fromelles (Battleground) [Paperback]

Peter Pederson
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6 Jun 2002 Battleground
The attack at Fromelles is significant for a number of reasons. It was the Australians' first major operation on the Western Front and pitted them against a part of the German line that was an object lesson in the sitting of a defence. The objectives and the tactics employed to achieve them were changed several times and the sufficiency of resources vigorously debated. After the war, the British and Australian Official Historians argued as to how the battle should be interpreted. Most of the correspondence that accompanied their exchange of drafts has not been published and makes compelling reading.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (6 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085052928X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850529289
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Pedersen was born in England but grew up in Sydney, Australia. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia, the Australian Command and Staff College and the University of New South Wales. After commanding a rifle company in Malaysia, Dr Pedersen was seconded to the Australian Prime Minister's Department as a political/strategic analyst in 1987-88. He is the author of Monash as Military Commander, and Images of Gallipoli, an illustrated account of the Gallipoli Campaign. He has also contributed to many other books and writes regularly on military history and battlefields for British and American journals. Not confining himself to the pen, he has appeared in military history programmes on Australian television and radio and lectured in the US, Australia and Europe.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Key guide to a neglected battlefield 28 Jun 2008
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This excellent series continues with a volume on the bloody battle of Fromelles, a battle neglected by comparison to the monumental clashes at Ypres and the Somme, but an action of singular resonance for the Australian involvement in the Great War, and no less for the savage mauling of a British Midland Territorial division.

The `Battlefield Europe' series is strongly connected to location, and geared towards being effective guidebooks to the battlefield locations, but they are also fine reading for the armchair general / traveller. This volume is no exception, being meticulously scholarly and pleasingly personal. There is a dominant Australian perspective, but the author does not at all neglect the British 61st division losses in the battle.

In particular, the details of the ground are amply supported by clear illustrations and photographs, covering the location of trenches, angles of attack and viewpoints of the combatants.

There are few maps, but what's here is good, being grounded in authentic trench maps of the period. They are evocative, and the reader should have no sense of being lost. I would say with this book and Paul Cobb's volume on the battle, you have the last word on this terrible action. Hopefully with the poignant discovery of 400 British and Australian bodies in a mass grave in Spring 2008, this battlefield will become a more visited and appreciated sector of the Western front.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Australia on the Western Front 9 Jan 2006
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Still another great entry from Leo Cooper and the Battleground Europe (BGE)series. The Australians arrived from Gallipoli and went nearly straight into this ill-conceived and little remembered battle, attacking alongside a British division in an attempt to prevent the German's from sending reinforcements to the Somme. Pederson follows basically the same formula these battlefield guides normally take, but he allows his passion about this needless battle (6,000+ casualties) to show though in a way that not all the BGE series do. The series focuses on the big three areas for the Brits in the Great War - Ypres, the Somme, and Arras. It's nice to see another foray into battles that, while no less important, are not written about as frequently. This volume joins "Loos-Hill 70", "Neuve Chapelle" and "Loos - Hohenzollen" in the French Flanders series. I'd like to see more in this series from Pederson who offers a tone and approach that is rather different from the other BGE guides I've read. This book presents an event that was unbelievably calamatous and confusing, yet does so in a clear fashion that helps us make sense of what happened in this place in July of 1916. This book would be invaluable on the Fromelles battlefield.
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