Wes Olson

Wes Olson (Wesley John Olson) (born 1960) is an independent researcher and author based in Perth Western Australia. His work has concentrated on Australian military history during both World Wars.

For nearly a decade Olson researched the loss of HMAS Sydney in WWII and after its publication by the University Of Western Australia Press in 2000 became recognised as an independent authority on the ship and its lost crew. His research proved of great importance in the eventual location of the wreck and that of its adversary the German auxiliary cruiser in 2008. One of Olson's most notable works from WWI is his history of Western Australian involvement in the Gallipoli campaign of the first world war. This work was followed in 2018 by Olson's account of the cruise of the German raider in 1914.

A feature of Olson's works is his use of contemporary diaries (from friend and foe alike), leading to a sense of 'being there' in and around the action, bringing both the heroism and horrors of war from the perspective of both sides in the conflict into stark and immediate focus. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Olson, Wes, 1954-
    Published 2005
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