Most ANZAC officers had not seen wartime action before landing in Egypt, Gallipoli, or the Western Front - although a few had served in South Africa. John Monash was one such officer who only knew military service in Australia. However, he had a distinguished civilian career before the war and was determined to have an equally distinguished career in the Militia, and then in the newly formed AIF. This talk summarises many facets of his life and then focuses upon the short but decisive action at Le Hamel on 4th July 1918 by the Australian Corps under his command.
Paul Cobb's grandfathers served in Egypt, Italy, France and Flanders during the Great War, hence his long-standing interest in the period. He has been a member of the WFA since 1984 and was Membership Secretary and then Vice Chairman some years ago; currently he is Chairman of the Wiltshire branch. He first visited the battlefields in 1969 at a young but impressionable age, and this was a strong influence on his interest. He is the author of three books on the Great War and has written many articles for Stand To!