About the Book
From "Anzac to Armistice" probably best describes the scope of the soldier's experiences during five years of service as a New Zealander sering in the Australian Army 90 years ago in World War I.
From the booming guns of the British and French battleships attempting to force a passage through the Dardanelles to the Black Sea and link up with their allies in Russia, the glorious landings at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915, the horrors of warfare on the western front to the Occupation Force in Belgium after the Armistice in late 1918.
Bloodthirsty as many of these experiences were, he never loses sight of his affection and concern for his loved ones at home as he writes to them, tending to downpay his own efforts and allay their fears. What is illustrated in great detail is the manner in which the Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought and played together, forming on the slopes of Gallipoli, a bond between the two South Pacific nations which has endured to this day.
Their servicemen and women in susequent wars have perpetuated this relationship and added to its significance. This international bond is a legacy left to us by men such as Jack Moore and his mates. Jack Moore Junior's father left him both a legacy and a self imposed obligation in the form of an unfinished collation of his World War I service in the Australian Imperial Forces from Gallipoli to Belgium.
His letters to his family over five years together with a large collection of relevant photographs, texts and other memorabilia form the basis of this book. His short post war life and his tragic death had always been an unknown and hidden period as far as his surviving family were concerned. His son, Jack Moore junior, the author of this book hopes it will explain this and finally lay to rest the shadow under which they have lived most of their lives.