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The Oarsmen: The Remarkable Story of the Men Who Rowed from the Great War to Peace

The Oarsmen: The Remarkable Story of the Men Who Rowed from the Great War to Peace (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Patterson, Scott

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At the end of the First World War, there were 270,000 demobilised Australian soldiers in Europe. Getting them home after the Armistice was a task of epic proportions that would take more than two years. In the meantime, how to keep these disgruntled, damaged men with guns occupie...d? In a word: sport. The Oarsmen tells the story of the servicemen who survived the war to row for the coveted King's Cup at the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta. Competing against crews from the US, New Zealand, France, the UK and Canada, the Australians were a ragtag bunch of oarsmen thrown in an old-fashioned boat and expected to race. Many had seen the worst of the action during the war at Gallipoli and the Western Front, and carried scars both physical and psychological. The baggage they brought to the boat would soon threaten to capsize the whole endeavour. Combining first-hand accounts with lively prose, this never-before-told story approaches the First World War from peacetime and illuminates history in vivid and compelling detail. Interweaving the soldiers' personal stories from before, during and after the war, The Oarsmen paints a fascinating picture of how these men, and society, transitioned from an unprecedented war to a new sort of peace.
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ISBN 9781743795491
Published NZ 1 Aug 2019
Publisher Hardie Grant Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
457 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781743795491
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hardie Grant Books
Imprint Hardie Grant Books
Published 1 Aug 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Patterson, Scott
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
World History: First World War
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Sporting Events, Tours & Organisations
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 797.140942579
Weight 450g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, Australian, Regattas - History - 20th century - England - Henley-on-Thames, Rowers - Australia, Soldiers - Australia, Rowing - History - 20th century - Great Britain
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade