Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Crack Hardy' by Stephen Dando-Collins

Crack Hardy: From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War

by Stephen Dando-Collins

Vintage, $34.95 pb, 380 pp, 9781864710243

While explorations of Australia at war have never been short on ‘male stories’, the prevalence of the masculine frame may yet increase in coming years as part of the ongoing examination of competing forms of manhood in this country, as evidenced by the upcoming symposium ‘Embattled Men: Masculinity and War’ at the Australian National University. The publicity surrounding the recent awarding of the Victoria Cross to Trooper Mark Donaldson for his actions in Afghanistan highlights the lasting currency and influence of the Anzac tradition, with its valorisation of the myths of mateship.

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Published in May 2011, no. 331
Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield is the author of a Young Adult novel, Have You Seen Byron Lichen? (2002). He also holds a PhD on representations of patrimony in contemporary Australian autobiography.

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