Lucas Jordan – The Chipilly Six (Author Talk)
Historian Lucas Jordan weaves a compelling tale of the lives of these soldiers, from their return home to the very first Anzac Day dawn service.
On 9 August 1918, at Chipilly Spur overlooking the Somme River, an entire British Army Corps is held up by German machine gunners.
The battle has raged for 30 hours and more than 2000 men have fallen. Then, two Australian sergeants, Jack Hayes and Harold Andrews, go absent without leave and cross the Somme ahead of British lines. Seeing that the British advance is stopped, they re-cross the river, gather four mates and return to drive the Germans off the spur.
The extraordinary feats of the Chipilly Six and the personal stories of these diggers have been overlooked. Historian Lucas Jordan weaves a compelling tale of the lives of the soldiers, chronicling their return home and years after service, through a pandemic, the Great Depression, another world war and the very first Anzac Day dawn service.
Lucas Jordan holds a PhD in history from the Australian National University. He is the author of Stealth Raiders: A few daring men in 1918.
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