Experience history with the exceptional 1914 Great War Series 4 Penny Set & Diary pages from the military specialists. In the final 1914 instalment John is ready for war. The troops depart Sydney for the rally point at Albany in WA before joining the massive convoy of ships for Europe. Despite weeks on end aboard the ships and relentless sea sickness there is an air of excitement which is only heightened when HMAS Sydney breaks away from the convoy to engage the infamous German cruiser, SMS Emden near the Cocos Islands. But excitement about reaching England is dashed when the boys instead disembark at Egypt for training. The wonders of Egypt are enlightening but the boys have to build the training facilities and life is hard going. The New Zealanders and the Australians are joined as the Australian New Zealand Army Corps. At home the economy is feeling the effects of the war and the store needs careful management. While father enrols to serve at home, mother must contest with customers' openly challenging Australia's part in the war. Includes six especially minted and presented Memory Pennies. Read more about the great war diaries here.