At the Going Down of the Sun is a comprehensive account of British campaigns in Africa during the Great War (1914-18). Author Rob Gladding is a former serviceman in both the army and navy, and his first-hand experience of the armed forces, alongside his commitment to and academic achievements in history, are evident in his writing which details places, dates, battles and units in impressive detail.
After setting the scene with the assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand that led to the outbreak of World War I, the book gives an account of British military operations up until 1920, including the British conquest of German East Africa on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro between 1914 and 1917, the Senussi Campaign in North Africa and the Sudan between 1915 and 1917, and the Guerrilla warfare conflicts that erupted in German East Africa (present day Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda) in 1916. The reader gains a clear, unadorned account of soldiers' hardships: the burden that lay on these men to change history despite the fact that most of them had little influence over the conflicts they were caught up in; and their courage to fight, die and be wounded for what they believed was right.
Rob Gladding is an ex-serviceman, having served in both the Navy and Army. He grew up in Mona Vale, north of Sydney, and met his English wife while serving in the Navy. He has two degrees in history and has been studying the history of the British and Australian armies for many years, particularly the Great War operations in the Middle East, Africa and the Far East. Before retiring he was the technical and safety training manager of the Australian Railroad Group. During the latter part of his working career he held the Chair of the West Australian Air, Maritime, Road and Rail Transport Industry Training Council. He now lives in Chester with his wife Maureen.
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