As a young soldier in the battlefields of Gallipolia, Sydney Loch witnessed the horror of war first-hand. On his return to Australia he detailed what he saw in his book The Straits Impregnable. Hoping to avoid military censorship his publishers dubbed Sydney's book a novel. But as the war ground on and the numbers of casualties grew the publisher inserted a note saying the story was factual. The book, which had enjoyed huge literary acclaim, was immediately withdrawn from sale by the censors. Sydney Loch's experiences in the war shaped his life afterwards. With his wife, Joice, he went on to work in refugee camps in Poland and Palestine and his many subsequent book set in war-torn countries reflected his humanitarian beliefs.In To Hell and Back historians Susanna and Jake de Vries have recovered and edited Sydney's book for a new generation of readers and listeners and have written a biography of his remarkable life.More
With To Hell and Back, historians Susanna and Jake De Vries shed new light on Sydney Loch, author of the acclaimed The Straits Impregnable, a firsthand account of the horrors he endured as a soldier in Gallipoli originally released in 1917 but pulled from the shelves shortly thereafter by military censors due to its raw, unflattering depiction of the bloody conflict.
Shane Nagle’s inviting tone and distinguished performance does justice both to De Vris’ revelatory biography of Loch, and the original text of Straits, which is included in full in this must-listen for military history buffs.
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