Author Talk: David W. Cameron
Australians on the Western Front 1918; Spearheading the Great British Offensive
In this meticulously researched and detailed second volume, David Cameron delivers an account of how the Australian troops, in the last 100 days, were central to Germany’s surrender, and thus to ending the War.
During the winter of 1918, the Australian Army Corps were led by Lieutenant General John Monash through a number of key battles more crucial than Gallipoli. But it was the breaking of the Hindenburg Line which delivered a crucial blow to the German army, who surrendered unconditionally to the Allies one month later.
Many Australian troops were killed during these final battles, just as the war was ending. Cameron draws on a diverse range of sources, including Australian soldiers’ diaries and letters, to piece together a riveting and highly detailed account of these Australians’ heroic actions against enemy forces.
Published on the occasion of the centenary of these confrontations, Australians on the Western Front 1918 is a comprehensive and hugely compelling commemoration of these both decisive and deadly battles.
David W. Cameron received his PhD in biological anthropology in 1995 at the Australian National University and is a former Australian Research Council QEII Fellow at the Department of Anatomy & Histology, University of Sydney. He has conducted fieldwork in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is the author of several books on Australian military history, including The Battle for Lone Pine and The Battle of Long Tan, and has published over 60 papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals.