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44 Days

In March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese. This group of raw young recruits scrambled ceaselessly in their Kittyhawk fighters to an extraordinary

Veitch, Michael

A Smile for Micky

Jackson, Desmond

A Very Rude Awakening
230(Ht mm) 152(Wdt mm) 328

In May of 1942, the war seemed very far away to most Sydneysiders - until the night the three Japanese midget submarines crept into the harbour and caused an unforgettable night of mayhem, high farce, chaos and courage

Grose, Peter

Against Remembrance

In this searing and controversial polemic, esteemed American journalist David Rieff argues against our passion for the past. He looks at how memory serves nationalistic history every ANZAC Day and annual pilgrimage to Gallipoli, and at its w

Rieff, David

All I See is Mud

Try for a moment to imagine what it must have been like to face the horrors of the trenches during WWI, the mud, the blood, the rats, the lice and the constant fear of death. Now try to imagine being there at the age of 16. All I See Is Mud

Dunkley, Andrew

Allenby's Gunners

Alan Smith's 'Allenby's Gunners' tells the story of artillery in the highly successful World War I Sinai and Palestine campaigns. Following Gallipoli and the reconstitution of the AIF, a shortage of Australian gunners saw British Territorial

Smith, Allan H

Anzac - Sari Bair
175 B&W Images and Maps 240

***AUSTRALIAN CONTENT*** The August Offensive was born out of the failures of the Gallipoli landings and the subsequent battles of late spring and early summer 1915. General Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander-in-Chief of th


ANZAC Battlefield

Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory explores the transformation of Gallipoli's landscape in antiquity, during the famed battles of the First World War and in the present day. Drawing on archival, archaeological and car

Sagona, Antonio, Atabay, Mithat, Mackie, Christopher, McGibbon, Ian, Reid, Richard

Anzac Journeys
82 colour illus. 11 maps 280

Australians have been making pilgrimages to the battlefields and cemeteries of World War Two since the 1940s, from the jungles of New Guinea and South-East Asia to the mountains of Greece and the deserts of North Af

Scates, Bruce

Anzacs in Arkhangel

In November 1918, as World War I was coming to a close and soldiers were returning home, a small group of Australian men signed up for more fighting. Yet this time, the enemy was Russian Bolsheviks instead of Germans, and the frontline was t

Challinger, Michael

August Offensive at Anzac 1915

The August Offensive or ?Anzac Breakout? at Gallipoli saw some of the bloodiest fighting since the landing as Commonwealth and Turkish troops fought desperate battles at Lone Pine, German Officers? Trench, Turkish Quinn?s, The Chessboard, Th

Cameron, David W.

Australia's Pacific War
Illustrations 194

War is such a nightmare. It's hard to believe any war can retain a positive aura for decades. Yet the vast conflict in the Pacific is a shibboleth for Australian politics to this day. Politicians in particular use its appeal to

O'lincoln, Tom

Australian Army Unit Colour Patches 1987-2008

Blackwell, Philip

Australian Heroines of World War 1

This is the story of eight courageous women through diaries, letters, original photos, paintings and maps. These eight women had the courage and strength for which the Anzacs are renowned and the compassion and tenderness that only a woman

de Vries, Susanna

Australian Heroines of World War 1 Revised Edition
1, black & white illustrations 422

This outstanding book tells the stories of eight courageous women through diaries, letters, photos, paintings and specially drawn maps. These women had the courage and strength for which the Anzacs are renown a

De Vries, Susanna

Australian Light Horse
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Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as elite men of arms and the Australian Light Horse is a part of that legendary tradition. Part cavalry and part infantry and often recognised by the emu feathers in t

Bradley, Phillip

Australian Light Horse

The Australian Light Horse was a unique force, first raised during the Boer War, and then reformed for World War I. Most of the men were from the outback, had a special bond with their horses (which were all brought from Australia) - and the

Perry, Roland

Australian Soldiers in Asia-Pacific in World War II
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The hidden story of how Australian troops' close encounters with the cultures of our nearest neighbours altered our national identity. Half a million Australians encountered a new world when they entered Asia and the

Grant, Lachlan

Bastard of a Place
Paperback , 230 x 152mm. 704

In 1942 and 1943 Papua New Guinea was a Bastard of a Place to fight a war. Peter Brune gives us an all-encompassing story of the five battles that changed Australia forever: Kokoda, Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sananand

Brune, Peter

Battle of Long Tan

On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation near Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, became the stage for one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War involving Australian troops - and one of the most significant b

Cameron, David W.

Battles Before

Much of Australia's military history literature focuses on battles and the way generals plan and prosecute an action or campaign. But what do generals do when they are not fighting battles? The Battles Before examines the role of senior

Connery, David

Bill the Bastard
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An epic yarn based on the true story of a great Australian war horse who rode with bravery and valour at Gallipoli, the desert campaigns of Egypt, and Palestine. In performance and character, Bill stood above all the o


Brave Lads
Hardback 510

English, Michael C.

Chauvel of the Light Horse
Hardback , 230 x 150mm. 286

Hill, A.J.

Combat Medic

Pickard Terry

Death Sat on a Pale Horse
Paperback , 210 x 150mm. 284

Miller, Alison

Desert Boys
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Australians fought in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East in both World Wars. This is the very human story of those soldiers, sailors and airmen and their involvement in some of the toughest campaigns of mo

Rees, Peter

Drowned Man

A chance encounter in a fish-'n'-chip shop set Brendan Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS Australia during the Second World War? The veteran he spoke to was certain. 'I knew about it,' he said. 'We al

Murray, Brendan James

Easy Day Was Yesterday

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian gaol, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and curses the miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produce a young m

Jordan, Paul

Exploring Gallipoli
Paperback 140

Wahlert, Glenn

Fallen Sentinel
colour and b&w illustrations 320

Against the backdrop of the sweeping conquest of Western Europe by Hitler's mighty Panzer Divisons in WWII, Australia produced 66 cruiser tanks - the Sentinel tank - but none ever took the field of battle. The st

Beale, Peter

Fighter Pilot
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Sit down and strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride to the sound barrier and beyond with a real life Topgun!

Tucker Serge Mac

Fighter Pilot

Mac Tucker, or 'Serge' to use his callsign name, is one of an elite group of men trained to fly F-18 jets. Now, for the first time, Serge takes you behind the scenes of the fighter pilot world to reveal what it's really like. Find out how it

Tucker, Mac 'Serge'

Fire Support Bases Vietnam
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Picken, Bruce

Flagship: The Cruiser HMAS Australia II and the Pacific War on Japan

The cruiser HMAS Australia II and the Pacific War on Japan In 1924 the grand old battle cruiser HMAS Australia I, once the pride of the nation, was sunk off Sydney Heads. She had saved Australia from a German attack in the Pacific in World W

Carlton, Mike

Forgotten Men
The Australian Army Veterinary Corps 1909-1946 480

The long overdue account of the significant contribution to the Australian Army of the Australian Army Veterinary Corps in two world wars. One of the army's smallest and least recognised corps,

Tyquin, Michael

From Gallipoli with Love

Doherty, Neil


"For Honour. For Courage. For Remembrance. The Battle of Fromelles in France during the First World War was Australia's worst 24 hours. Thousands of men were shot down amid the horror of that blundered attack. The whereabouts of hundred

Playle, Sandra, Lycett, Tim

Fromelles and Pozieres: In the Trenches of Hell

In the Trenches of Hell On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers - in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front - attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles in northern France. By the next day, there were over 5500 casua

FitzSimons, Peter


On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail. Turkey r

FitzSimons, Peter

Ghost Platoon

For 39 years the Australian Defence Force strenuously denied a unit called the 2nd Defence and Employment Platoon existed during the Vietnam War. The platoon was a makeshift rapid deployment force of 38 men, all regular troops, based at the

Walker, Frank

Hell On Earth

Sandakan is acknowledged as being one of the greatest tragedies in Australian military history. It is the story of 2800 Allied POWs (including 1500 Australians) who were taken from Changi in mid-1942 to Sandakan. 2500 died - many as a result

Cunningham, Michele

In All Respects Ready: Australia's Navy in World War One

In All Respects Ready: Australia's Navy in World War One presents the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the Australian Navy's involvement in World War I yet published. When the newly built Australian fleet sailed into Sydney fo

Stevens, David

Invasion Rabaul
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Invasion Rabaul is a gut-wrenching account of courage and sacrifice, folly and disaster, as seen through the eyes of the Allied defenders who survived the Japanese assault on New Britain during the opening days of World War II. The r

Gamble, Bruce D.

Keep Your Head Down

Having written about his experiences in various international disaster zones, Nathan Mullins turns his attention to war zones when he volunteers to go to Afghanistan as a member of the Second Commando Company. (Commandos are the equivalent i

Mullins, Nathan

Long Tan

On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, just five kilometres from the main Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat, a group of Viet Cong soldiers walked into the right flank of Delta Company, 6 RAR. Under a blanket of mist and heavy monsoon rain,

Smith, Harry, McRae, Toni

Lost Legions of Fromelles
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'...based on rigorous scholarship of an exacting kind, the author and his book both wear their learning lightly.' - Canberra Times..The action at Fromelles in July 1916 is Australia's most catastrophic military failure

Barton, Peter

Lost Legions of Fromelles

The Battle of Fromelles was the worst-ever military disaster in Australian history. With the recent discovery of a mass grave and the disinterment of many diggers, it has now entered Australian national consciousness in the same way as Galli

Barton, Peter

Magpies in Vietnam

In 1967 Canberra bombers from 2 Squadron RAAF were sent to Phan Rang air base in South Vietnam as part of the Australian contribution to the Vietnam War. Using the Magpie call sign, they first operated at height but soon switched to concentrate

Hurst, Doug

Medical Emergency
col & b/w 480

Major-General 'Ginger' Burston led the Army Medical Service throughout the Pacific campaigns. This pivotal book explains how Burston and his medical team kept Allied troops healthy in primitive and hostile conditions and during the

Howie-Willis, Ian

Not for Glory

Neuhaus, Susan J., Mascall-Dare, Sharon

One Woman's War and Peace

In 1999, idealistic 23-year-old Registered Nurse Sharon Bown left her comfortable family life in Tasmania and joined the Royal Australian Air Force with the aim of providing humanitarian aid to the world. Through her 16-year military career

Bown, Wing Commander Sharon, (Retd.)

Our Vietnam Nurses

From the bestselling author of Bush Nurses and Nurses of the Outback comes this collection of compelling and moving stories of our heroic nurses in the Vietnam War Being a nurse always requires a cool head, a steady hand and an open heart. B

Brayley, Annabelle


Passchendaele epitomises everything that was most terrible about the Western Front. The photographs never sleep of this four-month battle, fought from July to November 1917, the worst year of the war: blackened tree stumps rising out of a fi

Ham, Paul

Passchendaele: The DNA of an ANZAC Tragedy
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This extensively researched book tells the story of one of the darkest hours of New Zealand's and Australia's First World War military. With the forensic use of decades-old documents and soldier accounts, it unveils for t

MacDonald, Andrew

Pogos Perspective

Smith Greg

Redback One

'This is what an SAS career is really like' AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MAGAZINE Elite SAS Patrol Commander Stuart 'Nev' Bonner takes us inside the extraordinary and dangerous world of secret combat operations in this explosive, behind-the-scenes lo

Macklin, Robert, Macklin, Robert

Rescue At 2100 Hours

February 1942. The Japanese invasion of Timor has begun and attempts to evacuate a group of 29 Australian airmen, charged with keeping an airfield operational until the last moment, are thwarted. Under the leadership of Bryan Rofe, a 24-yea

Trumble, Tom

Returned Soldier

James Prascevic provides a brutally honest, first-hand account of the front lines of combat - witnessing the disturbing consequences of war for civilians, the thrill of being caught in a firefight, the shock of losing a mate - and of the tra

Prascevic, James

SAS Insider

Clint Palmer has spent much of his adult life in the SAS and has fought in this elite military unit as it developed from its fledgling beginnings into the highly trained, specialised fighting force it is today. He is an insider with the long

Macklin, Robert, Palmer, Clint

SAS Sniper
8pp colour photos 352

Royal Marine...SAS marksman...Elite soldier...Rob Maylor has seen action in the world's most dangerous combat zones: from East Timor and Iraq to Afghanistan. He was there when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed, drowning two o

Macklin, Robert, Maylor, Rob

Saving Private Sarbi
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Lost for 13 months in the wilds of Afghanistan, this is the dramatic, heart-warming and truly amazing story of Sarbi, the Army's most famous explosives detection dog - the miracle dog of Tarin Kot. Powerful, dramatic,


Somewhere Below
Paperback 192 pages.

Eighteen days before Pearl Harbour, Japan opened fire on Australia. The RAN's cover-up of the action that sank HMAS on the 19th November, 1941 has been a public scandal for decades. This book explains how Churchill and Roose

Samuels, John

To Villers-Bretonneux
Hardback 296 pages.

Edgar, Peter

Tobruk 75th Anniversary Edition

The definitive account of when Australia's famed Rats of Tobruk they took on General Erwin Rommel, The Desert Fox. The classic story of 1941's Battle of Tobruk, in which more than 15,000 Australian troops - backed by British artillery - fou

FitzSimons, Peter

Tunnel Rats vs the Taliban
198(Ht mm) 128(Wdt mm) 288

The extraordinary story of Australian sappers on the frontlines of the war in Afghanistan. They were young, they were tough and they were everywhere. They were both the backyard builders and the frontline troops in Aus

Thomson, Jimmy and MacGregor, Sandy

Unending War

MALARIA is not only the greatest killer of humankind, the disease has been the relentless scourge of armies throughout history. Malaria thwarted the efforts of Alexander the Great to conquer India in the fourth century BC. Malaria frustrated

Howie-Willis, Ian

Unnecessary Wars

'Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity.' Australia lost 600 men in the Boer War, a three-year conflict fought in the heart o

Reynolds, Henry

Victoria at War: A History of Victoria during the First World War

During the First World War, in Melbourne and communities throughout Victoria, schoolchildren knitted socks for the troops serving in Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front. Their families set up Red Cross branches to support

McKernan, Michael (Deputy Director, Australian War Memorial)

Victory at Villers-Bretonneux

It's early 1918, and after four brutal years, the fate of the Great War hangs in the balance. On the one hand, the fact that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia - immediately suing for peace with Germany - means tha

FitzSimons, Peter

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Take a journey back to the front line with two Australian veterans as they retrace the footsteps of soldiers and politicians, villagers and the enemy in a meticulously researched new history of the Vietnam War. For Aus

Davies, Bruce and McKay, Gary

Walking Wounded

Brian Freeman, former special forces soldier, Kokoda Track record-breaker and discoverer of the lost battlefield of Kokoda, had a belief that walking the track could have a special benefit for wounded Australian servicemen and the families of t

Freeman, Brian

Warrior Elite

WARRIOR ELITE is a unique and compelling account of Australia's special forces and intelligence operations - ranging from the early special forces of World War II to the establishment and development of the SAS and Commando Regiments as the

Macklin, Robert