David W. Cameron
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Sand, blood, thirst, bullets, bayonets, stupidity, sickness and incredible courage get an epic run in this recounting of Australian soldiers capturing a strategic foothold in Palestine during the Great War.
Good, readable history captures the human face of an event. Cameron is to be commended for his meticulous research, capturing the voice of the soldiery and giving readers a glimpse of the face of the diggers who rode against machine guns, entrenched positions, insurmountable odds and logistical nightmares—and won.
Readers new to the topic may be puzzled by the absurdity of the scenario: mounted men riding towards and through automatic fire. The presentation and selection of first-person narratives and information—from both sides of the conflict—take us closer to comprehending the carnage.