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By Thomas Keneally

During this lively background of the amazing first 4 years of the convict cost of Australia, Thomas Keneally deals us a human view of a desirable piece of historical past. Combining the authority of a popular historian with an excellent narrative aptitude, Keneally supplies us an within view of this exceptional test from the point of view of the recent colony’s governor, Arthur Phillips. utilizing own journals and records, Keneally re-creates the hellish abroad voyage and the demanding situations Phillips confronted upon arrival: unruly convicts, disgruntled officials, bewildered and opposed natives, meals shortages, and sickness. He additionally deals appealing portrayals of Aborigines and of convict settlers who have been decided to start their lives anew. A Commonwealth of Thieves immerses us within the fledgling penal colony and evokes the thrills and hardships of these first 4 unbelievable years.

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07/01/1918 PRISONERS OF WAR Demoralized at the prospect of defeat, more than 300,000 German soldiers surrendered in the final months of the war, and were imprisoned in camps in France. 10/02/1918 ALLIED VICTORY From August to November 1918, the Allies carried out a series of successful attacks, known as the Hundred Days’ Offensive. Using tanks and aircraft, as well as improved infantry and artillery tactics, they broke through the defenses of the German Hindenburg Line. British soldiers seized the St.

05/30/1916 SOLDIERS AT THE FRONT The war in France had reached stalemate, with both sides dug into fortified trenches. British commander Douglas Haig planned to use the new army to punch through the deadlock. KITCHENER’S ARMIES At the outbreak of World War I, Britain’s army was relatively small, and made up of professional soldiers. Lord Horatio Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, put out a call across the country for volunteers to join up for the duration of the war. They would form Britain’s first mass citizen armies.

The lamps are going out all over Europe. We will not see them lit again in our lifetime. SIR EDWARD GREY, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, AUGUST 3, 1914 38 THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR I 08/31/1907 Munich Salzburg Vienna Bratislava Szeged Ljubljana Trieste Fiume (Rijeka) Milan Venice Pula The Kingdom of Hungary Belgrade ROMANIA Bucharest Sarajevo I TA LY Split SERBIA Mostar Se The Austrian Empire Lviv Budapest tic BULGARIA a TROOPS LAND Across Europe, poised armies began to move. The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) landed in France in mid-August 1914.

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