Anzac Sniper

Roland Perry will launch his 33rd book, ANZAC SNIPER, at:

  1. Brisbane Writers’ Festival, 7 to 9 September 1918;
  2. MHHV: Military History and Heritage Victoria, 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday 19th September 2018.

This will be at the RSL’s Pompey Elliott Memorial Centre, 403 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Melbourne.

ANZAC SNIPER is the biography of Stan Savige, Australia’s most accomplished soldier involved in both WW1 and WW2. He began a stint on Gallipoli in 1915 as a naïve Sunday-school teacher and left as the most deadly sniper on the peninsula. Savige served in the worst battle encounters on the Western Front as an intelligence officer and in Persia in 1918 on a special SAS-style mission. Between the wars, his concern for so many fallen soldiers in WW1 saw him create Legacy to aid their families. In WW2, he rose to Corp Commander as a controversial favorite of Australian Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Blamey, to whom Stan Savige gave loyal support in critical moments.

The extraordinary story of Stan Savige, from Gallipoli marksman to Pacific War General and the founder of Legacy

'The first fingers of dawn crept over the Peninsula. Savige sat motionless, scanning the hills with binoculars, his rifle resting on the ledge in front of him. One careless enemy soldier peered over a parapet. Savige picked up his weapon, lined him up in his sights and fired ...'

The son of a country butcher, Stan Savige left school at twelve to become a blacksmith's striker. But in 1915, a passage in the bible inspired the devout scout leader and Sunday school teacher to enlist. Soon his abilities as a crack marksman attracted the attention of the officers and he was put in charge of Sniper Ridge, his job to eliminate the enemy assassins in Anzac Cove. Savige succeeded and survived Gallipoli, only to be sent to the Western Front then Iran as part of the crack squad Dunsterforce. It was the beginning of a long, dangerous and distinguished military career spanning both world wars, with Savige commanding and fighting in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific in World War II, initially as Major-General then Lieutenant General.

In this gripping biography, Roland Perry paints a fascinating and complex portrait of Lieutenant General Sir Stanley George Savige, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, ED, a man of character and compassion, a quiet outsider who founded the war veterans' support charity Legacy, who still has few peers in courage, skill and achievement and whose record is second to none in Australian military history, in the scope of his combat over two world wars.