Book Review: Surviving the Great War: Australian Prisoners of War on the Western Front, 1916–18

By Aaron Pegram Cambridge University Press, 2019, ISBN 9781108486194, 284pp Reviewed by Luke Holloway In November 1918 the guns in Western Europe fell silent signifying the end of four years of fighting. From 1916 to 1918 the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) had developed into an effective and efficient fighting force on the Franco-Belgian Front. The … Continue reading Book Review: Surviving the Great War: Australian Prisoners of War on the Western Front, 1916–18

Why Nuclear Weapons Are Here to Stay

The more one reads about strategic studies and strategic history, the more one finds that the old Latin adage, Si vis pacem, para bellum, has rightly dominated the minds of the world’s greatest statesmen and strategists. In a world that has known war longer than it has known peace, strategists are obligated to think through … Continue reading Why Nuclear Weapons Are Here to Stay

Finding a place for ‘Once an Eagle’

Military reading lists always seem to generate debate in the military blogosphere. The choice of books that individuals or organisations recommend to their people says a lot about who they are and what they hold dear. Similar to our doctrine, they are almost a representation of our belief system, so it’s natural for them to … Continue reading Finding a place for ‘Once an Eagle’