Militaria

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  • 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.

  • stoker

    In 1987 the Australian Government finally agreed to compensate Australian personnel who had been interned and subjected to brutal treatment in Nazi concentration camps.  A.I.F soldier Don Watt was one of those internees. Like many in the camps, Watt  thought of escape. After several short periods pf freedom he managed to stay on the run for three weeks, only to be recaptured within sight of the Swiss border. Brutal  torture by the Nazis failed to make Watt disclose details of his escape. His punishment was consignment to Auschwitz - where he was given a horrific choice.  It took fifty years for Watt to come to terms  with his experiences - an ordeal that he never mentioned to anyone, not even his immediate family - and reveal the full story. In spite of the horrors he witnessed and those in which he was forced to participate, he remained modest, straightforward, understated, courageous and laconic - a hero in the tradition of the true Australian Digger.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 figure 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, who never wavered in the high ideals he embraced as a young man, and who inspired countless numbers of Australians over two World Wars.

  • 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.

  • 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.