leave their homes and lives in Western Australia, embark
for overseas service, experience the excitement and
boredom of arid and exotic Egypt, and undergo their
baptism of fire in the first wave of the Australian and
New Zealand landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
Game To the Last casts its net wide to find and tell these
men’s stories and is the culmination of many years’
research. Author James Hurst has visited the men’s
training grounds and battlefields, homes and graves.
Many previously unpublished personal accounts
provide the heart of the narrative, while extensive
research provides context and colour.
This is a story about sons, brothers, husbands—
who became soldiers in a bloody war on foreign soil.
Their experiences are documented and retold with
admiration and respect, and remind the reader of the
human face of war.
‘If you only read one military book in your life, this
should be the one.’ The Listening Post
‘… an excellent insight into that essential part of
our military history: well researched and written,
finely detailed and impressively presented.’ The
‘superb … a sometimes humorous, often tragic, but
always compelling account …’ The West Australian