Lodge, A. B.


1st ed., 1986. Ix + 347 pp., 7 maps. D.j., 23 x 16cm. D.j., repaired & creased but complete o/w V.G. This book tells the fascinating story of the destruction of the career of Australia's most controversial soldier. Bennett enjoyed a meteoric rise during the Great War. His bravery at Gallipoli and in France was legendary. In 1916 he became the youngest Brigadier-General in any British army. By the end of the war, he had carved out for himself a reputation as an outstanding front-line leader. Yet by the end of the Second World War his career was shattered. He faced a military Court of Inquiry. His escape from Singapore in 1942 became the subject of a Royal Commission. He was vehemently defended by some; others presented him with running shoes and white feathers. His portrait, hanging in the Australian War Memorial, was defaced. Did Bennett fall – or was he pushed? Was he destroyed by professional jealousy? Was he a victim of General Sir Thomas Blamey? Or did his own temperament play the greatest part in his downfall? This book looks into these questions and more.

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