Author(s): Richard Osgood
This is the compelling story of the Australian soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division who journeyed to England in 1914, and who fought and died on the Western Front during the First World War. Using archaeology as the vehicle for their story, Martin Brown and Richard Osgood follow in the footsteps of the 'Aussies', from their training on windswept Salisbury Plain to the cheerless trenches of Belgium, where they 'dug-in' north-east of Ploegsteert to face the Germans. It presents a unique window into the world of the men who marched away to fight the so-called 'war to end wars'.
Martin Brown MIFA and Richard Osgood FSA, MIFA are both Environmental Advisers for Archaeology with Defence Estates (MOD). Martin is the team specialist for military archaeology. Richard's interests encompass warfare throughout history, and his publications include Bronze Age Warfare (Sutton, 2001) and The Unknown Warrior (Sutton, 2005).
'Time Team' style approach to the First World War through the medium of popular archaeology. Unique insight into life in the trenches on the Western Front. Includes excavations of the sites of the famous 1914 Christmas Truce and the Battle of Messines (1917). Engaging narrative account that focuses on the Australian 3rd Division from training to battle. Fully illustrated with 'then and now' photographs in black and white and colour.