Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles

by Joe Maxwell

On Sale: 01/11/2012


About the Book

A celebrated memoir by one of the Australia's most decorated WWI soldiers, Lt Joe Maxwell VC, MC & Bar, DCM. Joe also features in THE LOST DIGGERS, and his pageturner of a memoir is reissued as a classic companion piece.

A classic World War I memoir by Lt Joe Maxwell, one of the Australia's most decorated WWI diggers. this is his colourful eyewitness account of the role of 18th Battalion AIF in Gallipoli and the Western Front. After serving at Gallipoli, Maxwell, together with so many other Aussie diggers, was transferred to the Western Front. In just twelve months during 1917-1918 he was commissioned and awarded the DCM, Military Cross and Bar, and VC. this vivid and gripping memoir is a unique record of life as a World War One digger: Joe was in most of the major battles of the Western Front and graphically describes the action he saw, as well as the notorious larrikinism -and romantic adventures-of the off-duty diggers. With a new Afterword detailing Maxwell's life after repatriation back to Australia, this is an edition to be treasured.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732296650
  • ISBN 10: 073229665X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 01/11/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / Autobiography: historical, political & military


Joseph ‘Joe’ Maxwell VC, MC & Bar, DCM (10 February 1896 - 6 July 1967) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry ‘in the face of the enemy’ that can be awarded to members of British and Commonwealth armed forces. Australia's second most decorated soldier of the First World War, Joe enlisted on 8 February 1915, and served at Gallipoli before being transferred to the Western Front. In just over twelve months he was decorated four times for his bravery.

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