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About Pompey Elliott At War: In His Own Words
Pompey Elliott At War: In His Own Words is Ross McMullin’s enthralling new book that reveals the forthright wartime letters and diaries of Pompey Elliott, Australia’s most famous fighting general. Pompey not only wrote frankly about what happened to him and the men he was commanding; he was also frank about what he felt about both. Having arranged a no-secrets pact with his wife for their correspondence before he left Australia in 1914, he adhered to that agreement throughout the conflict.
Pompey was prominent in iconic battles and numerous controversies. He was wounded at the Gallipoli landing, and four of his men were awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine. No one was more instrumental than Pompey in turning looming defeat into stunning victory at both Polygon Wood and Villers–Bretonneux. No Australian general was more revered by those he led or more famous outside his own command.
This book, by the author of the award-winning and best-selling biography Pompey Elliott, will lead to a new appreciation of Pompey’s character and his importance in the dramatic final year of World War
Ross McMullin is an award-winning historian and biographer based in Melbourne. My books include the centenary ALP history The Light on the Hill and my biographies such as the award-winning Pompey Elliott and Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius. My most recent book, Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award.