Militaria

//Militaria
  • message from the falklands
    The life and gallant death of David Tinker, Lieut. R.N. from his letters and poems.
  • air war south atlantic
    Here is the full account of the air actions of the Falklands conflict in 1982. This volume includes first hand accounts from pilots involved in combat and attack mission; details of the movements and intentions of the Argentine fleet, details of the Exocet missile attacks by the Argentine Navy and much more.
  • anzac's story

    Roy Kyle started writing his remarkable story at the age of 89 and almost completed his story before he died.  Bryce Courtenay was asked to edit Roy's work with a view to it being published. Roy was a typical Anzac, fiercely patriotic and prepared to give his life for King and Country.  He couldn't wait to 'have a go' and enlisted at 17.  He then found himself in a trench at Lone Pine on his 18th birthday.  He was one of the last to leave Gallipolli, then serving in Egypt and later at the Somme.  There are literally hundreds of books written by high-ranking officers, historians and military experts on the part played by the Anzacs in the Dardennelles Campaign - but very few by the ordinary soldier.

  • Atlantic Meeting
    An account of Churchill's voyage in August 1941 on the Prince of Wales and his meeting with President Roosevelt, the outcome of which was the Atlantic Charter.
  • Australian And Imperial Defence

    Australia was almost defenceless against Japanese attack in 1942. Here it is suggested that vital lessons for today can be learnt from that period. Did the Australian leaders rely too heavily on Britain and were they let down? How much can Australia rely on any country for support in wartime? From the days of the First Fleet it was always accepted that the United Kingdom would send its fleet to defend Australia. For this reason Australia sent troops overseas as early as 1885 to help fight Imperial wars. The situation changed after 1918 for then Japan became a likely enemy. Could Britain defend Australia from attack and conduct a war in Europe? Dr. McCarthy examines both sides of the question and concludes that it was never possible.

  • by the sword divided
  • collecting military Antiques
    Includes all sorts of advice on how to start a collection; where to find military collectables and what to pay for them.  Loads of colour and black and white photographs.
  • Defending The West

    For the first time since the early sixties there is widespread and growing concern about the possibility of a Third World War, given the massive stockpile of nuclear armaments and the growing tensions between superpowers. The author, the grandson of Winston Churchill, shows how this situation has arisen and provides the facts and figures to ensure a true understanding of the issues at stake.  What is the balance of armed power in the world today? What are the chances of either side winning a nuclear war? How should the Western Allies respond to the growing global challenge from Russia? These and more questions are answered - the answers echo the warnings that were made about the threat from Nazi Germany.  Those warnings went unheeded.

  • end game
  • 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.

  • goering the iron man

    The author assesses and explains the role of Goering, dismissing the popular image of the corrupt and indolent buccaneer in order to show the central and serious political role that Goering played in the Third Reich. He shows all facets of Goering's personality, as well as the political context in which he exercised so much power.

  • 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.

  • iven g mackay citizen and soldier
    From The Bulletin July 1, 1951:  "On August 6, 1915, a young major led the men of his 4th Battalion, A.I.F., into one of the most outstanding incidents in the history of the attack on Lone Pine, on Gallipoli. A fine, flashing fugure of an athlete, dark and lithe, he raced across the ground towards a Turkish sap near Owen's Gully.  He carried a rifle with a bayonet like the rest of his party and fired from the hip as he went..."  So begins the legend of Iven G. Mackay.
  • kokoda

    The Kokoda Track is the symbol of World War II for Australians. This book takes readers up that tortuous track and into battle with the young men who fought there, following in the footsteps of heroes and villains as they climb the endless mountain ranges, dig into defend, charge into battle or begin the long, desperate and bloody trek to safety.  Here can also be found the perspective of the Japanese troops and the extraordinary local people who the Diggers called  'angels'.

  • munda trail
  • 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.
  • no parachute
    Here is the true story one young unknown flyer of World War I, based on his letters written immediately after the events of his young life that chart his progress from fledgling to a seasoned fighter.  The descriptions of air battles are among the most vivid and immediate to come out of The Great War.
  • no picnic
    This book dealing with the Falklands crisis is different in that it is the first major account to come from a fighting participant: Julian Thompson was Commander of 3 Commando Brigade, which played such an outstanding role in  the successful outcome of the campaign.