“This book is about how in the lead up to World War 1, Australia became a nation and how Australians relished their new status in the British Empire, which was under increasing challenge from Germany. It highlights the trials of living in the Australian bush and the carry-over of many of these qualities in the spirit of the Anzacs at the military fronts. It follows the returning soldiers – the Diggers – as a grateful nation, in an effort to create “a land fit for heroes”, carved soldier settlement schemes out of the bush. It brings together insights into the legends that Australians have held to – the resilient bushman, the bronzed laconic Anzac, the struggling farm families and the Aussie battler.”
Excerpt From: Garry Reynolds. “Land Fit for Heroes: The Bushman Anzacs.” iBooks.