Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian Imperial Force

Bad Characters Sex Crime Mutiny Murder and the Australian Imperial Force Australians have celebrated the Anzacs for nearly a century but what do we really know of what war did to them Charles Bean historian of the citizen soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force wrote t

  • Title: Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian Imperial Force
  • Author: Peter Stanley
  • ISBN: 9781741964806
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Australians have celebrated the Anzacs for nearly a century but what do we really know of what war did to them Charles Bean, historian of the citizen soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force, wrote that its history spanned the good and the bad but so far Australians have only looked at the good Leading war historian Peter Stanley reveals the citizen soldiers the armyAustralians have celebrated the Anzacs for nearly a century but what do we really know of what war did to them Charles Bean, historian of the citizen soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force, wrote that its history spanned the good and the bad but so far Australians have only looked at the good Leading war historian Peter Stanley reveals the citizen soldiers the army regarded as its bad characters These were men who went absent and deserted, caught or concealed VD, got drunk and fought their comrades, who stole, malingered, behaved insolently toward officers or committed serious offences, including rape and murder This frank history the first book on the AIF s indiscipline shows that it became one of the war s most effective fighting forces in spite of its record for military misbehaviour Stanley exposes, with a wealth of examples drawn from court martial files and soldiers letters, how the war turned some men into criminals, but also how bad characters made the AIF the superb force it was.

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    1. This is an important and valuable book, and in many ways a very good book. Unfortunately in some ways it is also a disappointing book. Some of the things that make it disappointing are not necessarily the fault of the author, but the disappointments take the lustre from a great addition to the literature on the subject of the 1st AIF and Australia in World War I.As the title suggests, Peter Stanley has investigated the more disreputable side of the AIF. We have certainly had many books written a [...]

    2. "Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny and Murder in the Australian Imperial Force" by Peter Stanley is a 2010 non-fiction book that does what it says on the tin. Stanley trawled through the AIF court martial files and basically put together this book about the various miscreants of the AIF. This is interesting on its own and also useful as a reference book for people studying the era.The AIF was, of course, famously “ill disciplined” - they viewed the army as a job, which meant they expected t [...]

    3. "Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny and Murder in the Australian Imperial Force" by Peter Stanley is a 2010 non-fiction book that does what it says on the tin. Stanley trawled through the AIF court martial files and basically put together this book about the various miscreants of the AIF. This is interesting on its own and also useful as a reference book for people studying the era.The AIF was, of course, famously “ill disciplined” - they viewed the army as a job, which meant they expected t [...]

    4. A great book about the extraordinary skill of Australian soldiers in deserting, whoring, lying, cheating, stealing, gambling, raping, murdering and answering back. I was struck by the statistic that the Australians were just one tenth of the British Expeditionary Forces, but made up half of all deserters, and the vast majority spent at least some time suffering the effects of VD. As Stanley points out, they were proud to be the only BEF members who were solely volunteers and their traditions as [...]

    5. Interesting book and good to know that the soldiers were not people that wanted to work with the system and acted like they were civilian soldiers as they were for the duration of the war volunteers. The British wanted to have power over them with discipline that included execution, but the Defence Act in Australia meant that could not happen. Many soldiers were defaulters, gambled, went Absent without leave until being caught and the usual rowdy Australians who caught VD from extracurricular ac [...]

    6. A typical Peter Stanley book. Well written and expertly researched. The book provides a very welcome balance to the unabridged and excessive adulation given to our servicemen. By providing this balance, Stanley provides a much more realistic portrayal of our citizen soldiers and therefore we can better assess their contribution to our nation.I perhaps would have preferred a thematic approach rather than a chronological approach to examining the crimes and misbehaviours of the soliders, but as St [...]

    7. This is one of those books that will enlighten the reader as it has been well researched and well written. Australia has developed a great mythology surrounding the Anzacs however the fact remains that the Australian Imperial Force was made up of men from all types of backgrounds. While almost everyone did their duty "for King, Country and Empire" there were some who were as the author puts it "bad characters". Peter Stanley has exposed a darker side to the AIF but none the less one that needed [...]

    8. Goes over some previous well written areas; especially the Cairo riots,and does attempt at times to sensationalise. Does give some new perspectives on some of the areas. Overall it is reasonable but patchy on the subjects concerned. I understand it is rebuffing the notion that Australian forces were saints and heroes and had as many bad apples as other forces, it's just that I never had this notion to start with. Some of the reasoning therefore I find self serving and unnecessary.

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