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Jacka VC Australian Hero

“Everyone who knows the facts knows that Jacka won the Victoria Cross three times.” – C.E.W. Bean, official Australian war historian.

Albert Jacka was the people’s hero of the Great War. In 1919 he returned to a triumphant welcome as thousands lined the streets to cheer the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross at Gallipoli. In Belgium and France he had won the Military Cross twicer and many believed, with Charles Bean, that they should have been VCs. He was beloved by his troops but resented by his superiors.

In peacetime he ran a successful business but then returned to battle for his mates as the Great Depression threatened everything they had fought for. It was the hardest fight of all.

The man himself has been an enigma, until now. With forensic skill, Robert Macklin reveals an extraordinary character – a very Australian hero.”

 

Publisher: Allen and Unwin
ISBN: 9781741148305

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