In 1918 a few low-ranking Australian infantrymen, alone among all the armies on the Western Front, initiated stealth raids without orders.
These stealth raiders killed Germans, captured prisoners and advanced the line, sometimes by thousands of yards. They were held in high regard by other men of the lower ranks and were feared by the Germans facing them.
Who were these stealth raiders and why did they do it? What made Australian soldiers take on this independent and personal type of warfare? Using their firsthand accounts, as well as official archives and private records, Dr Lucas Jordan pieces their stories together. Stealth Raiders is the first in depth study of the tactic commonly known as peaceful penetration.
Dr Lucas Jordan is currently a history teacher at Western English Language School in Melbourne. Stealth Raiders is adapted from his PhD thesis, supervised by award-winning historians Professor Bill Gammage (ANU) and Dr Peter Stanley (UNSW).
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The ‘Pompey Elliott Memorial Hall’ is located at the Camberwell RSL Sub-Branch at 403 Camberwell Road, named in honour of Major General Harold Edward ‘Pompey’ Elliott CB, CMG, DSO, DCM, VD. Elliott was a senior officer in the Australian Army during the First World War and served as a Senator in the Australian parliament. He was also the second President of the Camberwell RSL Sub-Branch in 1919.
Seminar Speaker Program Logistics. The MHHV seminar speaker series will run between 7.00 – 8.00 pm on Wednesday 15 March, Wednesday 16 August, Wednesday 15 November following drinks and snacks from 6.30 pm.
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