2018 Media Releases

Talks@Willoughby presents Will Davies speaking about his new book The Last 100 Days

06 August 2018

Thursday 9 August 2018, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Chatswood Library on The Concourse

Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
FREE event

Will Davies, bestselling author of Beneath Hill 60 and Somme Mud, will speak about his new book The Last 100 Days and the Australian contribution to the end of the First World War, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Thursday 9 August 2018, 12.30pm.

In March 1918, with the fear of a one-million-man American army landing in France, the Germans attacked. In response, Australian soldiers were involved in a number of engagements, culminating in the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux and the saving of Amiens, and Paris, from German occupation.

Then came General John Monash's first victory as the Commanding Officer of the newly formed Australian Corps at Hamel. This victory, and the tactics it tested, became crucial to the Allied victory after 8 August, the 'black day of the German Army'. On this day the major Allied counteroffensive began, with the Australian Imperial Force in the vanguard of the attack.

Fast-paced and tense, the story of The Last 100 Days is animated by the voices of Australian soldiers as they endured the war's closing stages with humour and stoicism; and as they fought a series of battles in which they played a pivotal role in securing Allied victory.

Will Davies is a historian, writer and filmmaker. His books include:

  • Somme Mud: The war experiences of an Australian infantryman in France 1916-1919, which he edited
  • Beneath Hill 60 which was made into a major motion picture
  • The Boy Colonel, the story of the youngest battalion leader in the AIF, is his most recent book.

Lindfield Bookshop will provide copies of the book for sale on the day.

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