• ISBN: (E-Book)9780522868661
  • ISBN: (Hardback)9780522870220
  • ISBN: (Paperback)9780522868654
  • PUBLISHED:13/Jun/2016
  • IMPRINT:MUP Academic
  • SUBJECT:Military history

The AIF in Battle

Jean Bou

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How the Australian Imperial Force Fought, 1914-1918

By the end of the First World War the combat formations of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in both France and the Middle East were considered among the British Empire's most effective troops. While sometimes a source of pride and not a little boasting, how the force came to be so was not due to any inherent national prowess or trait. Instead it was the culmination of years of training, organisational change, battlefield experimentation and hard-won experience—a process that included not just the Australians, but the wider British imperial armies as well.

This book brings together some of Australia's foremost military historians to outline how the military neophytes that left Australia's shores in 1914 became the battle winning troops of 1918. It will trace the evolution of several of the key arms of the AIF, including the infantry, the light horse, the artillery, and the flying corps, and also consider how the various arms worked together alongside other troops of the British Empire to achieve a remarkably high level of battlefield effectiveness.

About the author

Dr Jean Bou is a historian and lecturer at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Australian National University, where his teaching responsibilities include lecturing at the Australian Command and Staff College. A historian of war with an interest in operations in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, he is the author and co-editor of several books on Australian military history, including Light Horse: A History of Australia's Mounted Arm and Duty First: the Royal Australian Regiment, 1946-2006. He is also the lead author for the forthcoming fourth volume of the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations.

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CHAPTERS

Cavalry Combat: Mounted Warfare in Palestine
Jean Bou

The Battalion: The AIF Infantry Battalion and its Evolution
Robert Stevenson

Indirect Fire: The AIF’s Artillery and Mortars on the Western Front

Garth Pratten

The AIF’s Commanders: Learning on the Job
David Horner

Over the Western Front: Air Power and the AIF  
Michael Molkentin

Below Ground: The AIF’s Mining Operations
Damien Finlayson

‘Nightly Suicide Operations’: Trench Raids and the Development of the AIF
Aaron Pegram

From the Somme to the Salient: The AIF and its Battles, 1916–1917
Meleah Hampton

‘Backs to the Wall’: Australians on the Western Front, January–June 1918

Rhys Crawley

The AIF and the Hundred Days: Orchestration for Tactical Success in 1918

Roger Lee

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