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Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant 2

by Peter FitzSimons
Hardback
Publication Date: 27/10/2020
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The epic story of the Boer War and Harry 'Breaker' Morant: drover, horseman, bush poet - murderer or hero?

Most Australians have heard of the Boer War and of Harry 'Breaker' Morant, a figure who rivals Ned Kelly as an archetypal Australian folk hero. But Morant was a complicated man. Born in England and immigrating to Queensland in 1883, he established a reputation as a rider, polo player and poet who submitted ballads to The Bulletin and counted Banjo Paterson as a friend. Travelling on his wits and the goodwill of others, Morant was quick to act when appeals were made for horsemen to serve in the war in South Africa. He joined up, first with the South Australian Mounted Rifles and then with a South African irregular unit, the Bushveldt Carbineers.

The adventure would not go as Breaker planned. In October 1901 Lieutenant Harry Morant and two other Australians, Lieutenants Peter Handcock and George Witton, were arrested for the murder of Boer prisoners. Morant and Handcock were court-martialled and executed in February 1902 as the Boer War was in its closing stages, but the debate over their convictions continues to this day.

With his masterful command of story, Peter FitzSimons takes us to the harsh landscape of southern Africa and into the bloody action of war against an upredictable force using modern commando tactics. The truths FitzSimons uncovers about 'the Breaker' and the part he played in the Boer War are astonishing - and finally we will know if the Breaker was a hero, a cad, a scapegoat or a criminal.

ISBN:
9780733641305
9780733641305
Category:
History
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
27-10-2020
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
576
Dimensions (mm):
243x165x52mm
Weight:
0.89kg

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, and a busy events and motivational speaker.

He is the author of over twenty-seven books, including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Eureka, Ned Kelly, Gallipoli and biographies of Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales, and is one of Australia's biggest selling non-fiction authors of the last fifteen years.

Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations. He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney.

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  • The Breaker got everything he deserved!

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    Another great read from Peter FitzSimons.
    The book details the utter tragedy of the Boer War for all parties - including the callous and brutal treatment of the indigenous peoples, the Boer settlers and even the needless sacrifice of British & Colonial troops by British authorities.
    The Breaker is certainly no Australian hero - he was an absolute bastard, a narcissistic cheat and liar. His actions in Southern Africa as part of the Bushveldt Carbineers (BVC), were reprehensible and he clearly deserved his inglorious end under his own Rule 303.
    Also interesting to see the intersection of various historical figures involved in the Boer War including Lord Kitchener (honing his skills to sacrifice his own troops as well as establishing death camps for Boer Families), Winston Churchill (honing his swashbuckling and journalistic skills) and Mahatma Gandhi (medical corp).
    Essential reading!

  • Breaker Morant

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    Ordered two , so I could give one to my friend. Efficient service and a delight as usual, to use Angus and Robertson.