Militaria

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  • The life and gallant death of David Tinker, Lieut. R.N. from his letters and poems.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A real 'time-travel' special. Here are the eye-witness accounts of the English Civil War, by those who participated in all aspects. They describe events in vivid language: how it felt to fight at Edgehill, or watch your home ransacked by looting soldiers, or finding your brother on the opposite side to yourself - or Oxford life while King Charles used the city as his headquarters.  In the years since his accession, Charles I had managed  to squander the peoples' ancient respect for monarchy with a series of blunders, thus alienating many of his natural followers and allies. Yet  the outcome of Cromwell's eventual victory was a period of absolute rule quite as arbitrary as anything that had gone before, and ion between, 100,000 people had died. Illustrated with a wealth of black and white and colour photographs of weapons, cartoons of the time, letters and documents. Cover art, detail from The Wounded Cavalier by W.S. Burton.
  • 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.