Fromelles: Australia's Bloodiest Day at War

Australia's Bloodiest Day at War

The Drum Series

Age 12+

Armed Forces People & Places, Battles, History & The Past: General Interest Warfare

Part of the award-winning series, The Drum, and by the multi-award-winning author Carole Wilkinson.

The first shots were fired at 11am, 19 July 1916. The Battle of Fromelles lasted less than 24 hours. When it was over, more than 5000 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded or taken prisoner. More soldiers died at Fromelles than in the Boer, Korean and Vietnam war combined. What was the point of this bloody loss of life? And why, almost a century later, did the attention of the world once again turn to Fromelles?


Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor.


A fantastic introduction to one of Australia’s most devastating moments in history … For many readers, this is exactly the kind of book that will inspire a love of history for years to come.


An absorbing story…A great asset for schools, providing insight into Australia’s place in history. Its meticulous research is easy to read and it never gets dull.

Good Reading Magazine


CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
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