Investigative journalist Ross Coulthart, joint winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for History 2015, brings together stunning images of Western Front diggers and the amazing stories behind them.
This fully revised and expanded edition offers a wealth of fresh information including more soldiers newly identified with the aid of their families.
A trove of portraits taken in the tiny French town of Vignacourt just behind the front lines was found a century later in an ancient metal chest in a French farmhouse. The collection of glass plates has been hailed as one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made. Haunting images show diggers enjoying a brief respite from the horror of the trenches: having their portraits taken for a lark, for a keepsake or to send to loved ones. For all too many, this would be their only memorial, and to gaze into the eyes of these men is to meet a lost generation.
About the Author
Ross Coulthart is one of Australia's foremost investigative journalists, joining the top-rating current affairs program 60 Minutes in 2015. He's won a Logie and five Walkley journalism awards including the Gold Walkley. Ross has previously reported for Four Corners, Sunday Night and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is the author of two previous bestsellers and the award-winning biography Charles Bean: If People Really Knew.