Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles

By Joe Maxwell,

Book cover of Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles: A True Story of Life, Love and Larrikinism on the Western Front

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A celebrated memoir by one of the Australia's most decorated WWI soldiers, Lt Joe Maxwell VC, MC & Bar, DCM. Joe also features in THE LOST DIGGERS, and his pageturner of a memoir is reissued as a classic companion piece. A classic World War I memoir by Lt Joe Maxwell,…

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Joe Maxwell was an Australian Soldier in WW1 who wrote this story of his time in the 18th Battalion (same battalion as my Grandfather, Stan Dunkley). Chances are they knew each other. Joe wrote the story from his own perspective and told of his mates and the fun they had behind the lines. Interestingly, when it came to the actual fighting, he tended to write little; perhaps because it was too horrible to write about but his bravery is well documented. He was the only soldier of the 18th BN to win the Victoria Cross after single-handedly taking…

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