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Title: Letters from France
Author: C. E. W. Bean
Release Date: May 14, 2006 [eBook #18390]
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***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK LETTERS FROM FRANCE***
E-text prepared by Elaine Walker, Paul Ereaut,
and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team
London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne
To those other Australians who fell in the Sharpest Action their Force has
These letters are in no sense a history\u2014except that they contain the truth. They were written at the time and
within close range of the events they describe. Half of the fighting, including the brave attack before
Fromelles, is left untouched on, for these pages do not attempt to narrate the full story of the Australian
Imperial Force in France. They were written to depict the surroundings in which, and the spirit with which,
that history has been made; first in the quiet green Flemish lowlands, then with a swift, sudden plunge into the
grim, reeking, naked desolation of the Somme. The record of the A.I.F., and its now historical units in their
full action, will be painted upon that background some day. If these letters convey some reflection of the spirit
which fought at Pozi\u00e8res, their object is well fulfilled. The author's profits are devoted to the fund for nursing
back to useful citizenship Australians blinded or maimed in the war.
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