Militaria

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  • Dachau
    Published by the Dachau Museum, this book serves as a reminder of the victims of the Holocaust. It contains reproductions of official documents, anti-Semitic propoganda, photos of the camps, the prisoners and their few possessions that we callously stolen from them; letters of condolence from Camp Commandants to grieving widows, records of military personnel and so much more.
  • Behind BambooBehind Bamboo Page

    Rivett was a journalist, who in 1942 volunteered to work for the Malayan Broadcasting Commission which had been set up in Singapore to counter Japanese propaganda.  On 9 February 1942 he broadcast the news that Japan had invaded the island, then escaped Singapore. The refugee ship was bombed, but he was one of those who survived. However, after several weeks of evasion, around 4 March 1942 he was captured by the Japanese on  Java and sent to work on the infamous Burma Railway.  Here he vividly describes his experiences and those of the men imprisoned with him. His story is told starkly, with illustrations of the prisoner hell-ships and Japanese torture of the prisoners.

  • Nancy Wake

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was enjoying a Bohemian life in Paris.  By the end of World War II, she was the Gestapo's mot wanted. After witnessing horrific Nazi brutality in Vienna, Nancy declared she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis.  What began as a courier job developed into a highly successful escape network of Allied soldiers - so successful that Nancy had to flee France to escape the Gestapo who had dubbed her "The White Mouse" for her knack of slipping through their traps.  After training with British Special Operations, she parachuted back into France to help lead the Underground fighters. From training civilian fighters to bicycling 400 kilometres across a mountain range to find a new transmitting radio, nothing was too hard.

  • We Were There

    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.

  • Toward World War III
    The author is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalisation. This book has been rated and reviewed as a "...'must' resource - a richly documented and systematic diagnosis of the...planning of U.S. Wars since 9-11" "...one of the most important books currently available...the information is heart rending, scary and absolutely accurate." ...a hard-hitting and compelling book (which) explains why and how we must undertake  a concerted...campaign to head off the impending  cataclysmic demise of the human race and planet Earth."
  • Naked Island

    The author has written the full length story of the Malayan campaign of World War II from the 'sharp end' of the fighting and as a prisoner-of-war, one of thousands who suffered for three years. He takes the reader through bewildering, disordered days and nights of fighting to  humiliation at the hands of the Japanese, versed in all the arts of abasing and breaking prisoners by starvation and neglect. The illustrations by fellow prisoner Ronald Searle (St. Trinians, Down With Skool,Whizz For Atomms, How To Be Top, etc.) are poignant, forceful and make reality even more real. This really is war and imprisonment as it happened.

  • Death In The Rice Fields

    The author, a TV reporter and journalist, has condensed his experiences and observations of the Indo-China battlefields over a thirty-five year period. Sights, sounds and smells come alive in the graphic and vivid recreation by a neutral yet passionately involved eye-witness.  Scholl-Latour first traveled to South-East Asia on a troop-ship in 1945 and since then has covered three wars: the war against French colonialism, the American involvement in Vietnam and the final devastation of Kampuchea. He sees those years as a tragedy that has shattered every illusion of freedom as the French, the Americans and the Khmer Rouge each tried to impose their versions of freedom by force.

  • Great Anzac Stories

    The experiences of soldiers becomes the stuff of legends as the years pass; tales of great bravery, battlefield wins, tragic losses and poignant moments.  Here we relive the horror of the first day on Gallipoli, admire the courage of the men who fought at Fromelles, the Rats of Tobruk, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and the secret submariners. We remember the nurses working in impossible conditions, support home front efforts, experience larrikin episodes and grim jokes - and the  eyewitness accounts that have charted the growth of the ANZAC tradition over the decades.

  • SOE 1940 46

    S.O.E. was a small, tough British secret service dirty-tricks department.  Its job was to support and stimulate resistance in occupied countries. It was wound up after the war.  Its total strength was never more than 10,000 men and 3,200 women, over a third of them secret agents - it exercised vast influence on the war all over the world. This is a readable volume on how S.O.E was created and run, the calibre of the men and women involved, what tools they used and how, when and where they used them, where they did well - and where they did badly. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

  • The Last Battle

    From the author of The Longest Day. On Monday, April 16, 1945, an artillery barrage announced the opening Russian attack against Berlin. Russian troops were less than thirty-eight miles from Berlins centre. In fourteen days Hitler would be dead. In twenty-one days, the war would be over.  Forty-five miles to the west, advance units of the U.S. Ninth army were angrily and reluctantly turning back. Berlin was no longer a military objective. This book is the story of three weeks in which the city of Berlin - gutted, smouldering, terrorised, yet miraculously still  alive -  was the focal point of millions of lives: the last obstacle of the triumphant Allies, the last defence for the Germans and the last refuge for Hitler. Illustrated with black and white photos.

  • Active Service

    With Australia in the Middle East. Published for the Military History and Information Section, A.I.F. (Middle East) by the Board of Management of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, in 1941.  This volume covers all manner of events and chapter headings include: 'Furphy-Flushers' of Tobruk; There's Always An American; With Hills Like Home; "Little Syd";  Ernie was a Cook; Guests of the Beduin and much much more, all told by our Diggers in true Aussie style. There's also cartoons, poems, colour plates, black and white photographs and  talented sketches.  See the war through the eyes of the men and women who were there.

  • Soldiering On

    The Australian Army at Home and Overseas, by Some of the Boys and published by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1942.  Chapters include: Star Over Bethlehem; Diggers in Britain; Midnight Messiah; Purple's Pup; Arab Justice; Digger v. Doughboy and so much more.  Our boys' impressions of Christmas in a cold climate and local customs as well as the American servicemen and women here in Australia.  The colour plates, interestingly, are pasted in. Tales, jokes, sketches, cartoons and  on-the-spot experiences a-plenty. Illustrated in colour and black and white. A treasure mine of information.

  • Jungle Warfare

    Published for the Australian Military Forces by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, in 1944. Full of sketches, poems, colour plates and photographs, cartoons and jokes, as well as those fabulous yarns that Aussies can tell so well, and all by the service personnel who were engaged in the South West Pacific during World War II.  Contributors are identified only by their service numbers...so your grandfather or great grandfather may be among the authors.  Here we do not find battle statistics, plans or  generals - just the down to earth Australian Diggers.

  • HMAS Mk III

    Published for the Royal Australian Navy buy the Australian War Memorial, Canberra in 1944. A book chockful of fabulous artwork, sketches, photographs, poems, writings and memoirs of the serving personnel of the Royal Australian Navy and their service in World War II - the men who were there as it all happened.  A must for any real war buff.  Illustrated in black and white and colour.

  • Great Military Disasters

    Military history has plenty of successful campaigns by celebrated commanders.  But what of the wartime tragedies of incompetence, miscalculation and misfortune that have dishonoured the names of once-proud generals, wasted the lives of thousands of soldiers and resulted in loss of precious territory and power?  This book covers twenty encounters, including the bloody Battle of Bannockburn in 1614, Napoleon's humiliation in Moscow in 1812 and Custer's shocking defeat at Little Bighorn in 1876.  Illustrated with black and white photos.

  • Word From John

    An Australian soldier's letters to his friends from World War II. When written, these letters did not mention place names other than those permitted by the censor.  In order to make a continuous and intelligible narrative, these place names (now permitted) have been inserted. A rare glimpse from the war front.

  • World War One In Postcards
    The extraordinary phenomenon of the war postcard  - reflections of the full range of responses to the most murderous and ghastly of all wars.  The chapters herein include: story postcards, military subjects, heroism and agony, religious themes, humour, animal and field postcards - even those embroidered with silk and very beautiful still today.  Even propaganda is represented.   Almost three hundred post cards are reproduced - individual historic documents of a bygone age.  Photos in colour and black and white.
  • World At War

    World War II, the most massive and appalling military conflagration in history began on September 1, 1939 when Hitler's troops invaded Poland and from there, it spread inexorably in all directions. On December 7 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, thus bringing the huge American armies into the picture and the Pacific was ablaze as Japan and America fought a devastating island-hopping war across the ocean. As well as swallowing millions of lives, the demands of the military machine gave rise to the atom bomb and the computer; the British Empire was dying but the Commonwealth was heralded; the war made Churchill and  the 'spiv'; it created rationing and the Welfare State; it slaughtered 6,000,000 Jews, broke marriages and laid waste to the European economy.  This is a graphic account of the fateful years that changed the world forever. Illustrated with black and white photos.

  • Get Rommel

    By the summer of 1941 Rommel was Hitler's favourite general. Sent to North Africa to halt the British advance into Libya, he not only stopped the British offensive but drove them back to their Egyptian base. He seemed unbeatable on the field so the British planned to kill him. On the eve of the British offensive Operation Crusader, a specially trained commando team marched into the desert and attacked Rommel's headquarters. At the same time, the newly created SAS parachuted sabotage teams close to the German airfields to knock out the enemy air forces on the ground.  The author reveals how poor planning and incompetence in high places was counterbalanced by fantastic bravery and brilliant improvisation that enabled a handful of survivors to escape back to British lines and tell the true story of Operation Flipper: the plot to kill Rommel.

  • woodfill of the regulars
    Described as the biography of a common soldier with thirty three years of service in the American Army, this 'uncommon' soldier distinguished himself in the Argonne in World War I and several other conflicts.  Samuel Woodfill was regarded as being a true American frontiersman who seems to have had many and varied adventures, given such chapter headings as: I Was Born with a  Gun in My Hands;  A Surprise Attack and Escape Over A Precipice; Out of Company C Only Four Men Survived; The Tragedy of A Medicine Man; The Strange End of Sam Gowler and many others just as intriguing.  Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • prisoners of war
    Using dozens of interviews with former POWs, Patsy Adam-Smith shows the strength and courage of Aussies taken prisoner in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.  The author says: 'This book has not been written for ex-prisoners: they know the homesickness of exile, the tyranny of bondage; it was written for people of today who know little of the experiences of these men and women, of their courage, endurance and pain.  It has been written for the generations to come."  Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • war that hitler won
    What possessed the German people to embrace Hitler and his politics of mass murder? The author, an eminent historian, points to Goebbels' brilliant manipulation of the mass murderer as the key to the Fuhrer's success.  Goebbels' diabolical propaganda machine exploited all communication:  radio, posters, magazines, documentaries, brochures and spectacular films in the drive to capture the minds of millions. By the use of patriotic myth and tradition, a nation fell under a mass hypnosis on a scale never before paralleled.  Illustrated with black and white photos.
  • untold story
    Hackett's first book, The Third World War: August 1985 sold 3,000,000 copies world wide and received great critical acclaim.  This new book tells the rest of the story, using much new material, including declassified NATO reports and many hitherto unexplored episodes.  It gives the inside story of how the war was planned in Moscow and experienced on the battlefield by the Warsaw Pact forces.
  • war diary
    A treasure trove of wealth to the historian, particularly regarding events in the years 1939 to 1942.
  • holy fox
    The life of Lord Halifax, remembered as the architect of the policy of achievement of Nazi Germany.  His meeting with Hitler in 1937 was a milestone in appeasement yet just days before the 1938 Munich conference, Halifax repudiated the policy and demanded the destruction of Nazism.  By May 1940, it was he rather than Churchill who was the choice for Britain's war leader.  His public life also included Viceroy of India from 1926 - 31 and a deal with Gandhi that ended the Civil Disobedience campaign before it could force the British to quit.
  • singapore saga
    Part One of this autobiography relates the dramatic escape to Australia of three young Swiss sisters during the Japanese invasion of Singapore, then traces their gradual and complete adaption to the Australian way of life by the youngest sister, Annelies. Part Two is the story of their father, the Swiss Consul and their mother Gritli, who remained in Singapore at their posts in dedication to their community. This second part is translated from the recently discovered original diaries of their father, Rudolph Arbenz.
  • goebbels diariesgoebbels diaries
    When the Russians overran Berlin in 1945 they went through the German official archives with more vigour than discrimination.  Some material was shipped to Russia, some was destroyed and the rest scattered and trampled.  The pages of Goebbel's diary were found in the ministry courtyard, having narrowly escaped burning.  Seven thousand sheets of unburnt paper was salvaged by an amateur junk dealer, who salvaged the official document binders and made random bundles of the paper.  To get the diary in order was a Herculean task.  Here is not only the diary, but other odd documents of Goebbel's life:  receipts, drafts of speeches, expense accounts, lists of charity donations and letters.