Lest We Forget

100 Years of the RSL
Product Number: EB00712580
Released: Jan 01, 2030
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781460703601
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Celebrating 100 years of an Aussie icon, the RSL, and its members, the diggers who have fought on behalf of Australia from World War I to Afghanistan and beyond. A compelling mix of Australian military and social history. From the birth of the RSL and the first Anzac Day services in 1916 to World War II, Vietnam and the modern conflicts, RSL members have fought for their country throughout the past 100 years. And in peacetime the RSL actively supported the returned soldiers, acting as advocates for a group of men who were often forgotten once they were back home. the very history of Anzac Day itself - including the rise and fall, and rise again of its popularity - is a significant part of the RSL's story - and will be told in words and photos. Colourful characters are part of the mix, too - well-known larger-than-life personalities such as Bruce Ruxton who were constantly in the news and in our faces, staunchly sticking up for the RSL values of patriotism, monarchy and the Australian flag, dammit! (Here's a little known fact: early copies of the RSL magazines often included propaganda from the Communist Party!) But as well as being a social and military history, the book will be peppered with tales of derring-do from every war we've taken part in - true stories from the archives of the RSL's magazine, a veritable trove which also includes extra material such as interviews with WWI diggers (who sadly are no longer with us), and will also draw on the RSL's huge archive of photos and other memorabilia.

Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2030

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