- Bully beef and balderdash, Volume II: more myths of the AIF examined and debunked
Bully beef and balderdash, Volume II: more myths of the AIF examined and debunked
AIF mythbuster, the late Graham Wilson, debunks another eight popularly accepted myths surrounding the Australian Imperial Force during the the First World War. In his final volume of Bully Beef and Balderdash, Wilson exposes the 'Water Wizard' of Gallipoli who saved an army; dismisses the old adage that 'lions of the AIF' were led by British 'donkeys'; debunks the Gallipoli legends of the lost sword of Eureka and 'Abdul the Terrible' - the Sultan's champion marksman sent to dispose of AIF sniper Billy Sing; and unravels the 'lost' seven minutes at The Nek, where the early cessation of the artillery barrage led to the slaughter of the Light Horsemen - a story immortalised in Peter Weir's film Gallipoli.
Wilson's crusade to debunk such celebrated fictions was born of the conviction that these myths do very real damage to the history of the AIF. To demythologise this nation's First World War military history, he argues, is to encourage Australians to view the AIF's record on its own merits.
Details: Non-fiction, published 2017.
Format: Hard cover, illustrations, 323 pages.
Dimensions: 23.2 cm (h) x 15.5 cm (w) x 1.6 cm (d) / 458 grams.