Australia's contribution to the Great War has become part of the core of its national identity, and this work from the Australian War Memorial's Peter Burness offers a compact, thoroughly-illustrated and authoritative survey of the founding of the ANZAC tradition. From the shores of Gallipoli, through the trenches of France and Belgium, to the Light Horse in the Middle East, Australians at the Great War: 1914-1918 showcases photographs, artworks, posters, maps and artefacts from the War Memorial's comprehensive archive, along with detailed historical and anecdotal passages.Both as a testament to the courage of Australians at war, and as a guide to Australia's cultural legacy, Australians at the Great War: 1914-1918 is the perfect introduction.
Peter Burness is a Senior Historian at the Australian War Memorial, and has been involved in the development of their wide array of collections and exhibitions since 1973. He has led the Memorial's annual tours to the Western Front since 1994, and has contributed over 20 entries to the Australian Dictionary of Biography. He has also written books and exhibition catalogues, as well as reviews and feature articles for journals and newspapers, including Capital magazine, The Canberra Times, The Age, and Army newspaper.