As Australia lurches into yet another war in the middle east, poorly thought through as all those before, it's worth remembering the first major war Australian troops fought in, the first world war. It was billed "the war to end all wars" due to the horror, but in reality it launched a century (and counting) of bloody, stupid and unnecessary slaughter that shows no sign of letup.
My friend John Tognolini wrote this book, a fictionalised story of his two uncles who fought at Gallipoli. He doesn't glorify the war, despite parts of the book reading like an action novel. In fact, it is a fair survey of the stupidity of this particular war, from the viewpoint of the trenches.