By Craig Stockings

Australian army heritage is a panorama of legends. but around the size and breadth of our army background, accuracy and objectivity are usually shunted apart in order that stories and myths bent on commemoration, veneration, and the idealisation of ‘Australian’ virtues can thrive. In Anzac’s soiled Dozen a crew of popular historians resume the conflict to show a bunch of obdurate fantasies and fabrications that imprecise the true tale. Did our army background begin at Gallipoli? can we fairly punch above our weight in army may well? Are our squaddies extra moral than others in wrestle? Is the US-Australia Alliance well worth the difficulty? And what if the function of Australian ladies within the conflict attempt has been exaggerated, in order that part the inhabitants can think incorporated within the Anzac tale? Confronting and clear-eyed, Anzac’s soiled Dozen is going past the indulgent, politicised and emotionally-charged rhetoric of Anzac – that sacrosanct concept within the nationwide psyche – to determine precisely what it capability to be Australian at struggle, and pleased with it.

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