Author(s): Mat McLachlan
WALKING WITH THE ANZACS aims to become the new essential companion for Australians visiting the Western Front. Each of the 14 most important Australian battlefields is covered with descriptions of the battles and Australia s involvement in it. The book presents a well-illustrated walking tour across the old battlefields. The tours are designed along easily accessible walking routes and show readers battlefield landmarks that still exist, memorials to the men who fought there and the cemeteries where many of them still lie. In this way the visitor will see the battlefield in much the same way as the original ANZACs did, and gain a greater appreciation of the site s significance. Importantly, the tours are not written for military experts, but for ordinary visitors whose military knowledge may be limited. More than just a handy travel guide, Walking with the ANZACs is an absorbing read for armchair travellers and students of the First World War who may not have had the opportunity to visit the battle fields and walk in the footsteps of the first ANZACs.
For more than a decade Mat has passionately studied Australia's involvement in the First World War and has written magazine articles about visiting the Western Front as well as leading small groups on Western Front tours. In 2002 he launched a web site, www.diggertours.com, which provides information for Australians wishing to visit the battlefields and advice on itineraries.