Author(s): John Masefield

First World War

This book heralded the beginnings of a federalised Australia, who turned to the legends of the ANZACS and their heroic and also laconic attitude, to redefine their nation. When World War I began, poet John Masefield had joined the staff of a British hospital for French soldiers, serving briefly in 1915 as a hospital orderly, and later publishing his own account of his experiences. As he was old enough to be exempted from military service, Masefield then toured the United States on a three-month lecture tour to collect information on the mood and views of Americans about the war in Europe. When he returned to England, he submitted a report to the British Foreign Office, about the failure of the allied forces in the Dardanelles. As a result of that report, Masefield wrote Gallipoli. This book was an outstanding success, encouraging the British people, and lifting them somewhat from the disappointment they had felt as a result of the Allied losses in the Dardanelles. Published when the terror of Gallipoli was fresh in people's minds, John Masefield described what the common soldier had endured in that dreadful campaign. His masterly description of the campaign was one of the first to tell of the events that made ANZAC soldiers famous all over the world.


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John Masefield, OM, (1 June 1878 - 12 May 1967) was an English poet and respected and award-winning writer. During his lifetime he completed poetry collections, novels, plays and several biographies.

General Fields

  • : 9781742571621
  • : New Holland Publishers Pty, Limited
  • : New Holland (Australia)
  • : 0.19
  • : May 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : Australia
  • : September 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Masefield
  • : Paperback
  • : 940.426
  • : 192