Murphy’s War is a story about an ordinary group of young Australian men who all volunteer to fight in the World War One. Through their trials at Gallipoli and along The Western Front, they are transformed into hardened soldiers, men grown old before their time. The common thread tying all these men together was rural Australia. They were raised in harsh conditions against the rugged landscape of Colonial Australia where survival and prosperity were dependent on community and on the support that families could give each other.
These men brought with them to World War One’s great battlefields at Gallipoli, in France and Belgium, the same values which allowed them to survive the tough conditions of Colonial Australia. As soldiers, the men maintained close contact and supported each other amidst the chaos of The Western Front and it was this bond and camaraderie which helped them to survive World War One in all its horror and devastation. Their story is told in the newly released book titled Murphy’s War. Read on to find out more information on the individual experiences of each of these Australian soldiers.