Both Sides of the Wire: The Memoir of an Australian Officer by William Cull

By William Cull

Bill Cull's unforgettable tale of his stories in WW1: he fought at Gallipoli and at the Western entrance the place he was once captured by way of the Germans and used to be a POW until eventually the tip of the war.

 
Captain William Cull fought the 1st global warfare from either side of the twine. As a tender infantry officer at the Allied facet of the Western entrance, Cull often led patrols out into No Man's Land and raids at the German trenches. He took half in sour scuffling with at the Somme at Pozières, and in February 1917 was once significantly wounded in a futile assault at the German trenches close to Warlencourt, the place he used to be taken prisoner through the Germans. Having survived the ordeal of conflict, Cull spent the rest of the struggle at the German facet of the cord. the 1st 1/2 Both facets of the Wire is an action-packed account of Cull's conflict at the Western entrance within the months best as much as his trap. the second one part is a candid portrayal of his reviews as a prisoner of conflict within the palms of the Germans. Cull continued many months of discomfort as he recovered in felony camps in occupied France and Germany—surviving despite German medical professionals' early predictions that he wouldn't pass though his first evening in captivity. This publication relies at the memoir At All Costs that Cull wrote within the months after his repatriation to Australia in October 1918. Aaron Pegram is a historian on the Australian warfare Memorial. He has written the advent, epilogue, and notes for Cull's memoir, which is still one of many only a few released bills of captivity in Germany in the course of the First international War.

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He died in Melbourne in 1939. About the editor Aaron Pegram is a historian at the Australian War Memorial and the Managing Editor of the Memorial’s magazine Wartime. A Charles Sturt University history graduate, he is currently writing a PhD thesis on the 3,861 Australian troops taken prisoner by the German Army on the Western Front. BOTH SIDES OF THE WIRE BOTH SIDES OF THE WIRE The memoir of an Australian officer captured during the Great War WILLIAM CULL EDITED BY AARON PEGRAM First published in 2011 Originally published in 1919 as At All Costs Copyright in this edition © Allen & Unwin 2011 Introduction, Epilogue and Notes copyright © Aaron Pegram 2011 All rights reserved.

About the author William Cull was an apprentice coach builder from Sanford, Victoria, who enlisted in the AIF in May 1915. He saw active service as an infantry officer on Gallipoli and the Western Front where he was severely wounded and taken prisoner during the 6th Brigade’s attack on Malt Trench near Warlencourt in February 1917. He spent eleven months in captivity in Germany before being transferred to Switzerland in January 1918. He died in Melbourne in 1939. About the editor Aaron Pegram is a historian at the Australian War Memorial and the Managing Editor of the Memorial’s magazine Wartime.

When nothing else was offered there was always the Turkish sniper and the wish to exchange compliments with him. One day, through over eagerness to get in touch with one of them, I laid myself open to crossfire from another quarter, and was given a lesson in prudence through the bridge of my rifle being shot away. As bad luck had prevented me from seeing and sharing the beginnings of Gallipoli, the chances of war passed me out before the end of it. On the evening of November 5th—Guy Fawkes Day—our fireworks came in sudden and disastrous form.

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