WW1 MILITARY HISTORY - 1st Ed 'THE SPIRIT of the FORTY-SECOND' in ELLEN GROVE, Queensland for sale

WW1 MILITARY HISTORY - 1st Ed 'THE SPIRIT of the
WW1 MILITARY HISTORY - 1st Ed 'THE SPIRIT of the
WW1 MILITARY HISTORY - 1st Ed 'THE SPIRIT of the
WW1 MILITARY HISTORY - 1st Ed 'THE SPIRIT of the

This is an extremely scarce first edition history of the 42nd Battalion AIF written and compiled by a member of the Battalion, PTE Vivian Brahms. This title was first published in 1938 by the 42nd Battalion AIF Association.
The 42nd Battalion was raised at Enoggera, on the outskirts of Brisbane, in December 1915 and became part of the 11th Brigade of the 3rd Australian Division.
After training in Australia and Britain, the 42nd deployed to France on 26 November 1916 and entered the frontline for the first time on 23 December. During the winter of 1916-17, the 42nd spent much of it in the front line, the remainder being spent alternating between training and labouring in the rear areas.
In 1917, the operations of the 3rd Division were focussed on the Ypres sector of Belgium. The 42nd participated in major battles at Messines on 7 June, Warneton on 31 July, Broodseinde on 4 October, and Passchendaele on 12 October. Belgium remained the scene of the 42nd Battalion’s activities for the next five months as it was rotated between service in the rear areas and the front line. When the German Army launched its last great offensive in March 1918, the battalion was rushed south to France and played a role in blunting the drive towards the vital railway junction of Amiens.
On 4 July 1918, the 42nd took part in the battle of Hamel and captured all of its objectives. The Allies launched their own offensive on 8 August 1918, and the 42nd played an active role both in the initial attack and the long advance that followed. On 20 September 1918 the 42nd was ordered to disband to provide reinforcements for other battalions. Its men mutinied winning the Battalion a temporary reprieve. It fought its last battle - St Quentin Canal - between 29 September and 2 October. On 2 October the order to disband was once again issued. The men still disobeyed, but pressure from the AIF hierarchy eventually forced compliance.
The 42nd Battalion was disbanded on 22 October 1918.
Included in the book are:
• Honours and Distinctions bestowed on the Battalion;
• Battle Honours allocated to the 42nd Battalion AIF;
• Roll of Officers who Returned;
• Officers Killed in Action;
• Nominal Roll of the 42nd Battalion AIF; and
• Decorations awarded to individuals of the 42nd Battalion AIF [with citations]
The 186 page book, with about 12 illustrations, has a hard cover without a dust jacket and is in very good condition for its age.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a very collectable first edition historical account of an Australian Infantry Battalion during World War I. The cost is very reasonable when compared to other sources of rare first editions.
Pick-up from Forest Lake or postage extra.
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