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Book Review - Anzacs and Ireland

By: Jeff Kildea (570.14/35720)
Publisher: UNSW Press ISBN: 978-0-86840-877-4

a splendid and supremely useful, as well as a consistently interesting record of an aspect of the Great War, and of unexpected Irish-Australian connections. Without it we would be much the poorer. Tom Keneally

The people of Australia and Ireland have much in common based on genealogy and a shared heritage. The connections between Anzacs and the Irish in World War I have been little known until now. Jeff Kildea tells the story of how those connections were forged. Australian and

Irish soldiers fought alongside each other at Gallipoli, the Western Front and in Palestine, and thousands of Irish-born men and women enlisted in the Australian forces. But it was in Ireland itself that Australian soldiers cemented their relationships with Ireland and its people, as tourists on leave, in some cases becoming involved in the Easter Rising of 1916, while some failed to return and are buried in Irish soil.

October 2007


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