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The First World War and ANZAC

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is observed on 11 November each year to recall the end of hostilities of World War I in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente at about 5:15a.m. that morning. The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

On 11 November 2013, former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating delivered a Commemorative Remembrance Day Address which began with the words "Nine months from now, one hundred years ago, the horror of all ages came together to open the curtain on mankind’s greatest century of violence – the twentieth century." Mr. Keating was, of course, referring to the start of the First World War, which began on 28 July 1914. He then went on discuss Australia's participation in many of the wars of the twentieth century.

At Project Gutenberg Australia we have a number of ebooks dealing with Australians in the Fist World War. Other of our ebooks cover the war in a more general way. The Internet Archive also has a number of ebooks on this subject. Below are links some of those ebooks and some links to other sites which might be of interest.

Thanks to Pamela Rose for suggesting the creation of a page covering the First World War.

Australian Digger
Illustration from the programme of the Eighteenth Annual Reunion of the  42nd Battalion AIF held in 1937.


First World War Official Historiesonline at The Australian War Memorial

The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 is a 12-volume series covering Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The series was edited by the official historian Charles Bean, who also wrote six of the volumes, and was published between 1920 and 1942. The books, with their familiar covers, “the colour of dried blood” in the words of one reviewer, rapidly became highly regarded internationally. Bean’s work established the tradition and set the standard for all subsequent Australian official war histories.

ebooks at Project Gutenberg Australia

ebooks from the Internet Archive and and Trove

ebooks from Project Gutenberg (United States)

Other Links 

Anzac Day Programme
Illustration from the Programme of the Anzac Day Citizens' Celebration, 1916

Updated 22 August 2019