Hell’s Bells and Mademoiselles
Biography, Anzac, Military Books
Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles is the rollicking eyewitness account of the role of 18th Battalion AIF in the First World War by one of its most decorated soldiers, the irrepressible Joe Maxwell.
Maxwell served at Gallipoli before being transferred to the Western Front. In just twelve months during 1917-1918 he was commissioned and awarded the DCM, Military Cross and Bar, and VC.
This colourful memoir is a unique record of life as a World War One digger: Joe was in most of the major battles of the Western Front and graphically describes the action he saw, as well as the notorious larrikinism -and romantic adventures-of the off-duty diggers.
Often described as Australia's second most decorated soldier of the First World War, Joe Maxwell enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8 February 1915 and served at Gallipoli before being transferred to the Western Front. In just over twelve months he was commissioned and decorated four times for his bravery. He was just 22 at the end of the war. An apprentice boilermaker before the war, Maxwell returned to Australia in 1919 and worked variously as a gardener and journalist. In 1932 Angus & Robertson published his colourful, bestselling autobiography about his war experiences, Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles, written in collaboration with Hugh Buggy. This hugely entertaining memoir has been long out of print and is highly sought after.
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