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Fighting nineteenth : history of the 19th Battalion, AIF 1915-1918

Author: Wayne Matthews; David Wilson
Publisher: [Loftus, N.S.W.] : Australian Military History Publications, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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The 19th Battalion was raised at Liverpool in New South Wales in March 1915 as part of the 5th Brigade. A large number of the 19th's original recruits had already served with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN & MEF) in the operations to capture German New Guinea in 1914. The 19th left Australia in late June, trained in Egypt from late July until mid-August, and on 21 August landed at ANZAC  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne Matthews; David Wilson
OCLC Number: 743742456
Notes: Includes Roll of Honour.
Description: xv, 520 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm + 1 CD-ROM
Contents: Raising the 19th Battalion --
Gallipoli --
August to December 1915 --
Mutiny on the Suez Canal --
Armentieres --
the quiet sector --
The battle of Pozieres --
To the Ypres Salient --
Into the maze at Flers --
Hindenburgh Line and Lagnicourt --
Second battle of Bullecourt --
Third battle of Ypres --
Holding the line --
German spring offensive 1918 --
Advance to Mont St Quentin --
The final battles --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Wayne Matthews and David Wilson.

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The 19th Battalion was raised at Liverpool in New South Wales in March 1915 as part of the 5th Brigade. A large number of the 19th's original recruits had already served with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN & MEF) in the operations to capture German New Guinea in 1914. The 19th left Australia in late June, trained in Egypt from late July until mid-August, and on 21 August landed at ANZAC Cove. At Gallipoli the Battalion participated in the last action of the August Offensive - the attack on Hill 60 - before settling into defensive routine in the trenches. From mid-September, until its withdrawal from the peninsula on the night of 19 December, the 19th Battalion was responsible for the defence of Pope's Hill. After further training in Egypt, the 19th Battalion proceeded to France. It took part in its first major offensive around Pozières between late July and the end of August 1916. After a spell in a quieter sector of the front in Belgium, the 2nd Division, which included the 5th Brigade, came south again in October. The 19th Battalion attacked near Flers between 14 and 16 November, in conditions that Charles Bean described as the worst ever encountered by the AIF. In 1917, the 19th was involved in the follow-up of German forces after their retreat to the Hindenburg Line, and was one of four battalions to defeat a counter-stroke by a German force, almost five times as strong, at Lagincourt. The Battalion took part in three major battles before the year was out, second Bullecourt (3-4 May) in France, and Menin Road (20-22 September) and Poelcappelle (9-10 October) in Belgium. On 10 October 1918 the 19th Battalion was disbanded to reinforce other battalions in the brigade.

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