Melbourne: Australian War Memorial, 1938. Cloth. 3 volumes: Vol.1: Part 1. The Gallipoli Campaign by A.G. Butler. Part 2. The Campaign in Sinai and Palestine by R.M. Downes. Part 3. The Occupation of German New Guinea by F.A. Maguire and R.W. Cilento; Vol. 2: The Western Front by A.G. Butler. Vol. 3: Special Problems and Services by A.G. Butler Vol.1: Second edition; Vol. 2: First edition Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1940; Vol.3: First edition Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1943.
Octavo (218 x 150 mm.), xxvi, 873, xvi, 1010, xx, 1103 pp.; 125, 88, 38 plates; 37 maps, text illustrations, graphs, diagrams, portraits, indexes, glossary, appendices, original cloth with gold blocking on spine. Very good, bindings lightly rubbed and worn with a few abrasions on vol.3 and with a small patch of cloth bubbled, tiny spots of cloth missing from top of spine on each volume, edges marked, ink stamp of previous owner on front pastedown of vol.2, light foxing. Altogether a sound and clean copy. Very good. Item #669
Apart from parts 2 and 3 of volume 1 this history was written by A.G. Butler, a Brisbane doctor who joined the Australian Army Medical Corps in 1912 and became medical officer of the Moreton Regiment. In 1914 he was appointed regimental medical officer of the AIF 9th Battalion and was in one of the first boats ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 where he was the only medical officer to win the DSO. He later served in France at Bullecourt, Menin Road and Ypres, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. "In 1923, 'against his wish, but from a sense of public duty', he agreed to write the official history of the Australian Army Medical Services in the war; the task was to occupy the next twenty years of his life. His literary work displays the qualities that he showed on the battlefield: courage, compassion and meticulousness. He sought to isolate and analyse important problems as a guide to future policy and management. His arguments are trenchant, his scholarship exact and penetrating. His wide-ranging, critical statistical appendices are especially valuable and shocking in their implications. His three volumes are among the most distinguished war history texts of the English-speaking nations" (Australian Dictionary of Biography).