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The Man the Anzacs Revered

Dr Daniel Reynaud

This is the legendary true story of William McKenzie, whose tireless work as a Salvation Army Chaplain among the Anzacs in World War I earned him the nickname 'Fighting Mac'.

What makes McKenzie's reputation incredible is that he embodied almost everything that the typical digger loved to hate. He railed against booze, brothels, betting and bad language, and ran frequent evangelistic campaigns for the Anzacs. Despite these apparent disadvantages Fighting Mac was worshipped and revered by the soldiers—becoming the man who best represented the Anzac ideal.

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"Amazingly, the most famous padre in the AIF has waited nearly a century for a full, sympathetic but careful biography. Daniel Reynaud does justice to Fighting Mac, looking beyond the legend to discern the man."
- Professor Peter Stanley, Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, University of New South Wales.