Dr Ross McMullin will speak at Euroa, Shepparton and Numurkah libraries this month in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles.
The battle, described as ‘‘the worst 24 hours in Australia’s entire history’’, had an Australian casualty toll of 5533 soldiers killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
‘‘This toll is equivalent to the whole of Australian casualties in the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars combined,’’ Dr McMullin said.
He wrote the biography Pompey Elliott, a life-and-times study of Harold ‘‘Pompey’’ Elliott, the celebrated World War I commander who commanded a third of the Australians at Fromelles, and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the battle.
Dr McMullin will be at the Euroa Library at 11am and Shepparton Library at 2.30pm on Saturday, July 16, and at Numurkah Library at 2pm on Sunday, July 17. Bookings are essential, phone 1300374765.