I won this book on Good Reads So pleased I have read it and at such a perfect time, just a few days before the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles July 19 20 The reading is so interesting, but incredibly frustrating as you read about the thousands of men killed and wounded in such a short period of time The decisions made are harrowing and the conditions where they lived and fought are unbelievable.The story of the Australian Diggers missing in action is also covered.If you don t know much about Fromelles, this is the book you need to pick up and read. An amazingly harrowing story about what is truely the worst periods in human history The first half of the book tells the story of the disaster that was the Australian attack at Fromelles, where as the 2nd half focuses on the modern pursuits to find the unmarked graves of so many of our fallen heroes Moving but well worth the read. I won this book on Good Reads So pleased I have read it and at such a perfect time, just a few days before the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles July 19 20 The reading is so interesting, but incredibly frustrating as you read about the thousands of men killed and wounded in such a short period of time The decisions made are harrowing and the conditions where they lived and fought are unbelievable.The story of the Australian Diggers missing in action is also covered If you don t know much about Fromelles, this is the book you need to pick up and read. I won this book on Goodreads and have only just had the chance to read.A superb story of not only the The Battle of Fromelle, but also the story of one man s passion to identify those whose final resting place was unknown for so long.An important part of Australia s military history and the ANZAC legend Fromelle is a great introduction to a battle that destroyed so many lives, yet remains largely overlooked when discussing and remembering the Great War and spirit of ANZAC. This is a book in two parts The first part covers the battle of Fromelles in 1916 and the terrible loss and waste because of men who didn t understand then how modern warfare had changed the battlefield The second part covers the modern day search for the 160 odd diggers whose remains are still unaccounted for.The history of the battle is well covered even though it doesn t seem to go into as much depth as it could It provides stories of great courage and sacrific made by Australian diggers as they struggled to complete what was really an impossible task the taking of Sugar Loaf salient It illustrates the tremendous mateship that existed within the Australian forces that even after the cessation of the battle many were still prepared to go into no man s land looking for survivors In many cases this meant that they too would be become a statistic of the dead or wounded.The story behind the search for the missing diggers from Fromelles and beaurcacy that stood in the way of something that should have been so simple It again demonstrates the spirit of Australians as a school teacher from Melbourne took it on himself to find the missing diggers and ensure they were duely recognized and laid to rest with the honours they deserved.Overall the book is a worthwhile read for people interested in Australia s worst single military loss as well as the saga of proving that some of those fallen still lie without the recognition they deserve It is not a book of deep military history but for those interested in Australia s contribution in World War One it is a recommended read. Prior to reading this book, I admit that I had not known much of the events of July, 1916 Nor do I think that I had known much of the Battle of Fromelles This book was an eye opening experience and an incredible look into such a devastating loss to Australia Fromelles, a village in France, is the location of a battle that spanned from the 19th to the 20th of July, 1916 With 5,533 Australian soldiers dead in a matter of just days, there s a lot to be explained Our Darkest Day discusses a lot of aspects of the battle in question, providing various evidence of the goings on We can view numerous photographs, letters and other sorts of research Not only does it take a look into the historical aspects of the battle, but also takes a look intorecent effects My favourite example of this is the epilogue featuring the story Harry Willis, a soldier who was lost in the war and how his family found him.In my opinion, I m pretty impressed by the amount of information provided to me by this book As I admitted prior, I didn t really know much about the battle before reading Our Darkest Day I appreciate that the book took multiple peoples perspective of the battle It s interesting to see how such an event had such a huge impact on such a range of people Even nowadays, people are still baffled by certain portions of it and some families are still missing loved ones Overall, I found that the book was an emotional journey Fromelles Our Darkest Day provided me with a valuable look to Australia s past and an insight to our loss.I found some links on Google that one might like to view if you are interested in reading a little bitabout it.The Fromelles Project aims to identify soldiers lost at Fromelles using forensics and historical information.http www.army.gov.au our work unrec The Australian War Memorialhttps www.awm.gov.au encyclopedia fhttps www.awm.gov.au military eventGraves tell story of the forgotten battle of Fromelleshttps www.theguardian.com world 200 Dear Mother, I lost all but my life won a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways, thanks to Hardie Grant Books, and these are just my honest thoughts on it. |Kindle ♣ Fromelles ♃ On July , , In The Northern French Village Of Fromelles, Australia Suffered Its Worst Ever Military Defeat When A British Officer Ordered , Of Our Best And Bravest To Go Over The Top And Attack The German Lines Eight Hours Later, Than , Diggers Lay Dead Or Wounded The Equivalent Of All Australian Casualties From The Boer, Korean, And Vietnam Wars Combined The Phenomenon Of Fromelles Has Captured The Hearts Of Australians All Over The Country The Story Of Australia S Worst Military Disaster And The Resulting International Campaign To Reclaim The Lost Soldiers Of The Battle Of Fromelles Sparked National And International Headlines, A Military Investigation And An Archaeological Dig To Find The Resting Place Of These Missing Soldiers Lambis Engelzekios S Tireless Investigation And Patrick Lindsay S Sensational Resulting Book Fromelles Was The Catalyst For Much Of This Action Fromelles Has Sold Over , Copies Since Publication, And Now Hardie Grant Presents The Perfect Version For Fans Of Military History An Abridged Version Covering The Battle Itself, Our Darkest Day Will Intrigue Military History Fans Who Are Keen To Learn About This Most Infamous Wartime Battle A very well researched book into a series disaster of war tactics Lindsey draws upon a lot of primary sources and opened my eyes to things I never knew about WWI This book really makes you appreciate how war fare has evolved and the loss of life is significantly lower these days I selected this for a Reading Challenge as a book with a one word title I was lucky to win this in a Goodreads giveaway I am not usually one to read books in this genre, but I really enjoyed it Very well written, well researched and taught me a lot about Fromelles. Patrick Lindsay has provided a comprehensive account of much related to the Battle of Fromelles A sad day in Australian history given the number of wonderful young men injured or killed Sad but we should be very proud of their bravery and never forget their sacrifice.