The Desert Column

One hundred years after the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba in October 1917The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept through out the war Published in 1932, it is one of Idriess earliest works Harry Chauvel noted in the foreword that it was the only book of the campaign that to his knowledge was viewed entirely from the private soldie One hundred years after the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba in October 1917The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept through out the war Published in 1932, it is one of Idriess earliest works Harry Chauvel noted in the foreword that it was the only book of the campaign that to his knowledge was viewed entirely from the private soldier s point of view Idriess served as a sniper with the 5th Australian Light Horse Enlisting in 1914, he began his diary as we crowded the decks off Gallipoli and he continued writing until returning to AustraliaThe diaries cover his experience of some of the war s major events from life in the trenches at Gallipoli to the battles at Romani and Beersheba One of Idriess strengths as a writer is his ability to place the reader at the scene of the actionThe diaries reveal a keenness of observation and a descriptive and pacey style that Idriess would develop further in The Desert Column The Australian War Memorial
The Desert Column One hundred years after the charge of the th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba in October The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept through out the war Published in it is one of

  • Title: The Desert Column
  • Author: Ion Idriess
  • ISBN: 9780207147296
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Desert Column”

    1. The ultimate in a narrative from an Australian Lighthorseman from the unique perspective of the Battlefields of Palestine- Sinaiand the Middle East. The 5th Lighthorse is dear to me as my 4 great uncles enlisted and served in Gallipoli through the campaigns until repatriation in 1919. The conversational tone takes the reader on Idress' horseback journey of tragedy and triumph. Highly recommend to every Australian.

    2. Great book. My Grandfather is one of the characters in the book and was a friend of the author. We have a signed 1st edition in the family. A great read and it is fascinating being able to read a description of my Grandfathers ww1 experience.

    3. Perhaps my favourite book. Very straightforward n matter of fact diary from an ordinary soldier. My only regret is that as reflects the age it is written, too much is left out, it is too laid back. A great story with a particular Australian slant.

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