This book captures the memories of 3,700 Australian men who served in World War II. Ageing men in the 1980s, they filled in long and searching questionnaires, encouraged to look back, think back, search back to the days when they were young and growing up in a world that , still retarded by economic depression, was nevertheless lurching toward a global conflict. Here are their boyhoods, their reasons for joining up, their reactions to army life and the consequences of their service. Illustrated with black and white photos.