The Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary Forces (ANZEF): Assemblage at and Departure from Albany
A very rare 1915 publication of the Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary forces : Assemblage at and departure from Albany which was actually issued in 1920.
The publication is extensively illustrated, containing photographs of the troops on parade, boarding ship as well as shots of the troopships and naval escorts. A large panorama shot can be unfolded which shows the fleet asembled in King george's Sound and also the fleet leaving the sound. Includes a description of the convoy, its time in Albany, the Naval escorts, tables of information on the NZ troopships and athe Australian troopships, plus details of the military arrangements and disposition. The publication was prevented from being published by the Military censors until 1920. On the early morning of November 1 this great fleet, each unit in its appointed place in the long rank, the four protecting cruisers one ahead, one astern, and one on each flank, headed for the Indian Ocean on the voyage to Egypt, where the army was to undergo its last stages of war-training to prepare it for the desperate enterprises which lay ahead. This historic moment has been captured for posterity and Albany has rightly commemorated this opening event of the Anzac legend since then. The first recorded dawn service was held at Albany in the 1920s overlooking the scene where the ANZEF fleet anchored and departed for overseas. The Light Horse memorial stands proud on Mt Clarence looking out to sea where the young soldiers sailed off into history.
This ebook in PDF format includes photographs taken recently at Albany of the WW1 monuments and also of the places where the expeditionary force came ashore - providing a "then and now" perspective where possible as well as reproducing the original photographs from the publication. A rare book which gives a different view of a compelling period of ANZAC history.