Militaria

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  • The story of the five battles that changed Australia forever. This compelling narrative incorporates hundreds of interviews with the soldiers of the A.I.F and the young Militia conscripts who fought at Kokoda, Milne Bay, Gona, Buna, and Sanananda in 1942 and 1943. Also revealed is the inside story of how Generals MacArthur and Blamey and other senior Australian commanders sacrificed many of their senior field commanders as scapegoats to protect their own positions; and how false legends were created by lies. Many of the interviews were conducted by the author, who also travelled to the battlegrounds. Illustrated with black and white photographs and maps.
  • Described as an illustrated notebook of the life of Australians in the Middle Eastern theatre of WWII. There is not only the descriptions of the battles, retreats and campaigns; there is a treasure trove of contributions from the men of the A.I.F.: cartoons, art, stories, jokes and photographs.  Some of the 'yarns' included are 'Furphy-Flushers' Of Tobruk (regular newsheets to scotch the 'furphies' that would do the rounds with amazing speed); There's Always An American; Ernie Was A Cook; A Visit To A Kibbutz; and a comic poem entitled Hitler in London (With apologies to A.A. Milne). With numerous colour plates and black and white sketches.
  • 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. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • 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.

  • A Cavalcade of Events with The Australian Services from 1788 to 1946. Articles and notes; art and jokes; poetry and cartoons... from the servicemen - and even some of the women - who were there.  This is no dry history of battles and dates - it's a memorial to all those fallen in war. Just some of the items in this volume: The Blood-bath at Cowra, E.V. Timms; When Sydney Fought A Zeppelin, 'Matelot'; Bless 'Em All, Biddy Moriarty (Australian Red Cross); Stout Hearts That Never Failed, Ion Idriess; A Service Girl In  Japan, A.J. Poppins; and much more, together with art and photographs in black and white and colour - and of course, some typical Australian irreverent cartoons.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An on-the-spot record of what the women of England were doing in World War II :  The land army, civil defence, munitions, communications and working in what had been masculine occupations until the 'boys' came home.  Full of handsome colour plates by P.C. Hennel. A real piece of history.