Stealth Raiders—A Few Daring Men in 1918
Rating: 5 / 5
From April–October 1918, Australian Imperial Force soldiers on the Western Front found themselves in farmland untouched by war. It was there that the summer heat, long daylight hours and vast fields of growing corn emboldened ‘a few daring men’ to initiate a new tactic against a war-weary German army: stealth raids.
The low-ranking Australian infantrymen were tired of the bloodbath of large-scale battles. They organised themselves into small squads and with great effect raided and killed Germans, captured prisoners and helped advance the line. In explaining why these ventures were a distinctly Australian phenomenon, Lucas Jordan argues in Stealth Raiders that confidence, bush skills, mistrust of authority and a willingness to give something a go were central to the Australian character at the turn of the 20th century.
This expertly researched account of our soldiers’ audacity and courage is essential reading for all WWI history buffs.