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30491
Bean, C.E.W.
Anzac to Amiens
Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT, 1983.
Reissue: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 567pp., with maps and monochrome illustrations and 48pp. of plates likewise. Mild wear; slightly shaken; spine extremities softened; some scuffing to the boards; some internal marks. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn. Very good.
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$60
215685
Beeston, Joseph Lievesley
Five Months at Anzac A Narrative of Personal Experiences of the Officer Commanding the 4th Field Ambulance, Australian Imperial Force
Angus & Robertson, Sydney, nd. [c. 1916]
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 68pp. + 31pp. adverts, b&w photographs. Water-damaged with bleeding to rippled pastedown edges; stained endpapers; one page torn at side with loss to margin but not impairing text. Shaken; binding a little rolled; boards worn and discoloured with rippled cloth on front board; various marks and stains. Title on spine rubbed and illegible. Fair only. Beeston worked as a surgeon as well as serving in the New South Wallaria Legislative Council before the war. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and was sent to Gallipoli. Contracting malaria he was invalided home in 1916 and later wrote this book about his experiences.
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$60
14698
Bowden, Tim
Changi Photographer George Aspinall's Record of Captivity
ABC Books, Sydney NSW, 1984.
Quarto; hardcover, 144pp., with monochrome photographs. Slightly rolled; some mild scraping of the board edges; previous owner's pencil inscription to the front free endpaper. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Even before he became a prisoner of war of the Japanese in Singapore in 1942, George Aspinall was nicknamed 'Changi" Aspinall by his 2/30th Battalion mates. At lights-out time in Birdwood Camp Singapore, George was invariably 'down at Changi Village' helping to process photographs he and his friends had taken of their new and exotic tropical surroundings. After the Fall of Singapore and the surrender, their photographic hobby became a private obsession that saw George not only taking secret photographs in the Changi area, but up on the appalling Thai/Burma Railway. He not only took photographs at great risk, but also processed them on the spot, using chemicals smuggled in medicine bottles from Singapore. This book shows these photographs together with text explanation.
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$25
77084
Braddon, Russell
Nancy Wake - signed by the author The Story of a Very Brave Woman
The Book Club, London, 1956
Reprint: octavo; hardcover; 287pp., with 12pp. of monochrome photographic plates. Moderate wear; text block and page edges toned and spotted; some old tape stains to the endpapers; inscribed by the author in ink on the title page. Dustwrapper has a tear running along the upper hinge joint and over onto the front panel with crude tape repair; chipping to flap-turns and spine panel extremities; some toning and other minor marks; now backed by archival quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$60
201066
Broadbent, Harvey (Foreword by Peter Cosgrove)
Gallipoli the fatal shore
Viking Press/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2005.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 312pp., with maps and many monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear; spine extremities lightly scraped. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn. Very good.
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$30
12222
Bromby, Robin
German Raiders of the South Seas The Naval Threat to Australia/New Zealand 1914-17
Doubleday Australia Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1985.
First edition: quarto; hardcover; 208pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; cocked; spine heel softened; light spotting to the text block top edge. Dustwrapper sunned along the spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In the first days of World War I a German light cruiser detached itself from the East Asiatic Squadron with the mission to raid and harass Allied shipping. The ship, "SMS Emden", not only became world famous in its two months of raiding, during which it sank sixteen ships and captured others, but demonstrated to a cunning enemy the vulnerability of Australian, New Zealand and Empire shipping links. The two dominions were left with little naval protection as Britain gathered its ships to fight the Germans in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Then in 1916, came another raider, the "Wolf", which, undetected and unmolested, laid mines around Australia and New Zealand and preyed upon merchant ships sailing in the Tasman Sea and South Pacific. The following year the Germans made an abortive attempt to send a sailing ship to raid the South Seas, which ended when the "Seeadler" was wrecked on a small atoll. With over eighty black and white photographs, many of them previously unpublished, and detailed maps of the routes of the major ships, "German Raiders" makes fascinating reading and is an important addition to the naval history of Australia and New Zealand.
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$30
91605
Butler, A.G.
The Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services In the War of 1914-1918, Volume 1: Gallipoli, Palestine and New Guinea
Australian War Memorial, Melbourne Vic., 1930.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and rules; 873pp. with 67pp. of monochrome photographic plates, many maps and other illustrations. Mild wear; slightly rolled and somewhat shaken; some mild scuffing and marks to the boards; spine extremities softened; offset to the endpapers; text block edges toned with some spotting; very mild scattered foxing throughout, mainly to the preliminaries. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good.
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$600
86338
Caulfield, Michael
The Unknown Anzacs The Real Stories of Our National Legend
Hachette, Sydney NSW, 2013.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with silver gilt spine titling and blind-stamped upper board titling, illustrated endpapers; 387pp., monochrome plates. Minor wear; mildly toned text block edges. Near fine in like dustwrapper. 'Compelling from start to finish - you hear the thunder of the artillery, marvel at the bravery and mourn the slaughter.' - Peter FitzSimons
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$22
216464
Caulfield, Michael (ed.)
Voices of War: Stories from the Australians at War Film Archive
Hodder, Sydney, 2006.
Reprint. Octavo hardcover; pale green boards with white spine titling, green endpapers; 541pp., b&w plates. Minor wear; small scrapes on upper board edges, rubbing and scraping to board edges and corners, softening at spine panel extremities; faint spotting to upper text block edge. Very good in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$25
63667
Chamberlain, Denis J
History of the Bathurst Contingents, 1868 - 1987
Denis Chamberlain, Bathurst NSW, Australia, 1987.
Quarto hardcover, 192pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor scuffing to red illustrated dustwrapper, otherwise near fine. As far as unit histories go, this is a lavish affair with an illustrated dustwrapper and a plethora of images accompanying the text. Unusually as well, the Honour Roll is replete with photographic portraits of the unit members (where it has been possible to obtain them) and many accompanying shots of unit celebrations and the invitations to these, reproduced as they first appeared.
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$40
210505
Charlton, Peter
Pozieres 1916 Australians on the Somme
Methuen Haynes/Methuen Aust. Pty. Ltd., North Ryde NSW, 1986.
Octavo; hardcover, full-cloth with endpaper maps; 318pp., with maps and 24pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; slightly rolled; spine extremities softened; text block edges spotted and top edge dusted. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
209249
Cutlack, F.M.
Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 - Volume VIII: Australian Flying Corps In the Western and Eastern Theatres of War, 1914-1918
Angus and Robertson Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1939.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and rules; 493pp., with maps, diagrams and many monochrome plates. Mild wear; some marks to the upper board; text block edges lightly toned with some faint spotting; top edge lightly dusted with a small mark; mild offset to the endpapers with some moisture damage to the front pastedown; previous owner's ink stamp to the rear free endpaper. No dustwrapper. Very good.
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$100
201477
Dawes, J.N.I. & L.L. Robson
Citizen to Soldier: Australia before the Great War Recollections of Members of the First A.I.F.
Melbourne University Press, 1977.
Octavo hardcover; brown cloth boards with gilt spine titling; 216pp. Mild rubbing to board corners; slightly toned text block and page edges. Rubbed white illustrated dustwrapper slightly toned at edges and along spine; one or two marks on rear panel, slight wear to edges and chipping on upper spine panel. Very good and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing.
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$20
54489
Dennis, Peter, Jeffrey Grey, Ewan Morris & Robin Prior (eds.)
The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History
Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic., Australia, 1995.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 692pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; minor wear to the spine extremities; text block edges toned. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; sunning to the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. An indispensable aid for anyone interested in military history and of Australia's role therein. This work encompasses all of the engagements in which Australian soldiers participated, from Settlement through to the end of the Twentieth Century, and boasts an impressive list of scholars and historians as authors and editors.
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$50
200408
Denton, Kit
Gallipoli Illustrated: signed
Rigby, Adelaide, 1981.
Quarto hardcover; brown boards with white spine titling and decorated endpapers; 152pp., monochrome illustrations. Inscribed in ink to owner on the title page. Minor wear; offsetting to half title and endpapers; rubbing to lower board edges and corners. Illustrated orange dustwrapper slightly faded along the spine panel. Very good.
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$40
35725
Droogleever, R.W.F.
From the Front: A.B. (Banjo) Paterson's Dispatches from the Boer War
Macmillan Publishers, Sydney NSW, 2000.
Hardcover, octavo; black boards with white spine titling and green endpapers; 488pp., monochrome plates. Minor wear; mild wear to board corners. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. His dispatches, often written from the battle front itself, have been called the best descriptive writing of his career. Paterson was not content simply to record the progress of the war - he was shot at, went behind Boer lines with the Medical Corps, spoke to Boer farmers, prisoners of war and respected figures who supported the Boer cause. He rubbed shoulders with noted personages of the day, such as the Duke of Teck and Rudyard Kipling, but was equally at home in the company of Private Harrison, the mule-whacker. Whether he is recounting the fear and exhilaration of battle or revelling in the absurdities he saw around him, Paterson's letters are as enthralling and exquisitely written as the works for which he is best known. Carefully annotated and illustrated with contemporary maps, drawings and photographs, the dispatches give an extraordinary insight into Australia's first war and further testament to the talent of one of its best-loved writers.
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$30
62078
Fewster, Kevin (ed.)
Bean's Gallipoli - signed The Diaries of Australia's Official War Correspondent
Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest NSW, 2007.
Octavo; paperback; 292pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; text block and page edges lightly spotted; signed in ink with a dedication by the editor on the title page. Very good.
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$30
200236
Fewster, Kevin (ed.)
Gallipoli Correspondent: The Frontline Diary of C.E.W. Bean
Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1985.
Quarto paperback; 217pp., illustrated coloured endpapers; monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Minor wear only; near fine.
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$18
63138
Forbes, Cameron
Hellfire The Story of Australia, Japan and the Prisoners of War
Macmillan, Sydney NSW, 2005.
Octavo; hardcover, with black endpapers; 559pp., with maps and 16pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear. Near fine in like dustwrapper. The creation of the railway cutting on the Thai-Burma rail line that would become known as 'Hellfire Pass' involved the sacrifice of thousands of POWs, including 22,000 Australians taken prisoner by the Japanese. The workers were driven to the uttermost extremes to create this piece of transport infrastructure and many succumbed to the gruelling conditions and the despair that it generated. From this instance of wartime atrocity, Cameron Forbes takes the reader on a sweeping overview of the Japanese treatment of wartime detainees and their overseers, from interpreters to guards to nurses on both sides of the equation. This is a harrowing and extensively researched work, derived from documents and interviews with over 50 survivors of the camps, as well as Japanese soldiers and camp workers, in New Guinea, Singapore, Sumatra and elsewhere.
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$25
94476
Frame, T.R. & G.J. Swinden
First In, Last Out The Navy at Gallipoli
Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1990.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 208pp., monochrome plates and illustrations. Owner's name. Binding very slightly rolled and spotting to upper text block edges. Very good otherwise in like dustwrapper with slight wear to spine panel extremities. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This study highlights the special involvement of the Royal Australian Navy in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, contrasting the success of the Navy's operations with the failure of the land operations. The coupling of the exploits of the AE 2 (the first Allied submarine successfully to penetrate the Dardanelles) and the Bridging Train (sailors who constructed wharves and shore front facilities to support the arrival of Allied troops and stores) also emphasises the Navy's unique claim to be the first in and the last out of Gallipoli. The book also reflects on the remarkable lives many of the central characters in both stories led after the war as well as their personal recollections of these events.
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$80
15542
Fysh, Hudson
Qantas at War
Angus & Robertson Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1968.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 244pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 24pp. of plates likewise. Mild wear; a little rolled; text block edges lightly toned and top edge dusted; some minor marks to the front endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapper sunned along the spine panel; some scraping and tears along the hinges and lower flap-turn; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$50
207077
Gillison, Douglas
Royal Australian Airforce, 1939-1942 Australia in the War of 1939-1945
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, 1962.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 786pp., with 38pp. of monochrome plates, 5 colour maps, and various other maps and tables. Minor wear; offsetting to endpapers; toned text block edges; previous owner's inked inscription. Dustwrapper edges worn with chipping especially to spine panel extremities and corners (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good to near fine. Although specifying a fairly narrow period of history in the title, this volume tries to paint a thorough background of Australian air capability leading up to the Japanese attacks which began in 1939. In that sense, this work actually covers a period of history from 1909 through to the wresting of air superiority from the Japanese invaders in the first quarter of 1942. The main focus of the work is the years of the Second World War and Australia's participation in, not only keeping the Japanese forces away from Australian soil, but also as part of the integrated forces which supported General Macarthur and the Allies in the War of the Pacific, when the RAAF was most strongly deployed. This is a highly readable and engaging history, not only of Australia's air war during WW2, but of the establishment of a unified national airforce.
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$65
213035
Gladwin, Michael
Captains of the Soul A history of Australian Army chaplains
Big Sky Publishing Pty. Ltd., Newport NSW, 2013.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 398pp., with many monochrome illustrations, Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine. Known affectionately as 'Padres', chaplains have been integral to the Australian Army for a century. From the legendary William 'Fighting Mac' McKenzie, whose friendships with diggers in the trenches of Gallipoli and France made him a national figure in 1918, to Harold Wardale-Greenwood, who died caring for the sick while a POW on the brutal Sandakan 'death march' in July 1945, this book assesses the contribution of Australian Army chaplains in conflicts and peacekeeping missions, in barracks and among service families. Drawing on a wealth of original archival material and little known published sources, Captains of the Soul represents the first comprehensive account of Australian Army chaplains. It surveys their changing role and experience from the Great War of 1914-18 to the recent conflict in Afghanistan; charts the evolution of the Royal Australian Army Chaplains' Department across its first century; and addresses the significance of Army chaplaincy for Australia's military, religious and cultural history. It is a story of personal conviction and selfless devotion.
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$30
82765
Grant, Ian
Jacka, VC: Australia's Finest Fighting Soldier: signed by the author
Macmillan, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia, 1989.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 196pp., with 8pp. of monochrome plates. Signed in ink on the half-title; book exchange stamp on front endpaper; a few scrapes on board edges and corners; toned and spotted upper text block edge. Minor scuffing and sunning to dustwrapper. Very good. Albert Jacka VC, parlayed an indifferent education and social standing into an outstanding career as Australia's first winner of the Victoria Cross, and later, Mayor of St. Kilda. Awarded the VC for conspicuous bravery in the nightmare that was Gallipoli, he went on to win the Military Cross at Pozieres in France and later received the bar to that award at the conflict in Bullecourt. Many believed that Jacka's outstanding ability in the military should have earned him a higher rank than that of captain, but his strengths were all tactical and military, not political, and he was fated not to win the encouragement of his superior officers. In post-war days, he lost his business after the Wall Street Crash, and moved into government where he made great inroads by enacting schemes and policy to assist the poor and destitute. In this detailed biography, Ian Grant paints a glowing portrait of a complex man with incredible tactical nous, who lay down his gun when the fight was over and found a new enemy in the hard-days of the Depression.
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$30
212476
Grose, Peter
An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin February 1942: signed
Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2009.
Octavo paperback; 258pp., b&w plates. Signed in ink by author on title page. Toned and spotted text block and page edges; scattered random spotting throughout. Very good.
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$22
214524
Gullett, H.S., Chas. Barrett & David Barker (eds.) (Preface by Lt.-Gen. Sir H.G. Chauvel)
Australia in Palestine
Angus & Robertson Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1919.
Quarto; paperback, quarter-bound in cloth with printed wrappers and illustrated endpapers; 154pp. (+ 4pp. of adverts), with a colour portrait frontispiece, 17 plates likewise maps, some folding elevations and many other monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; top joint starting; spine creased and extremities pulled; mild moisture damage to the front cover; some marks small tears and creasing to the wrappers; text block edges toned; light scattered foxing throughout; some tears and light insect damage to the rear endpapers; a few dog-eared pages. Good. Uncommon anomalous issue.
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$100
78698
Ham, Paul
Sandakan The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches
William Heinemann/Random House Aust. Pty. Ltd., North Sydney NSW, 2012.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; gray boards with red gilt spine titling and dark red endpapers; 656pp., monochrome plates. Minor toning to text block edges and very slight wear to dustwrapper edges. Otherwise very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. After the Fall of Singapore in February 1942, 2,500 Australian and British prisoners were transported by the Japanese to the east coast of Northen Kalimantan (Borneo), to a jungle camp eight miles inland from Sandakan, and there worked, beaten and tortured almost to death. After the Japanese settlement at Sandakan was targeted by an Allied offensive, the Japanese loaded their prisoners with all of the equipment and force-marched them away from the conflict, a retreat which has become known as the Sandakan Death Marches. Of the 1,000 plus prisoners who commenced this trek, only six Australians survived to tell the tale. After the War, decades of silence and cover-ups by the Australian and British military powers - determined that revelations of the activities at Sandakan would only cause unnecessary grief and undermine post-War efforts at reconciliation - left a gaping hole in the battle map and the lives of those families whose loved ones had vanished without word. In this important book, Paul Ham lifts the lid on the hellhole that was Sandakan and brings the truth staggering into the light of day.
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$30
94524
Hetherington, John
Blamey: Controversial Soldier: signed copy A Biography of Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey
The Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1973.
Signed quarto hardcover; red cloth boards with gilt spine titling, tan endpapers; 414pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Mild offsetting to endpapers; faintly toned and spotted text block edges. White illustrated dustwrapper with moderate wear to edges; chipping and creasing with tiny tears, small tear on lower front corner and mild browning to spine and edges. Very good with wrapper now protected in archival film and white paper backing.
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$60
66940
Hurley, Frank
Hurley at War The Photography and Diaries of Frank Hurley in Two World Wars
The Fairfax Library in association with Daniel O'Keefe, Sydney NSW, Australia, 1986.
Large square quarto; hardcover; 160 pp, mostly black and white illustrations, a few in colour. Light toning and spotting to text block edges, a little scraping to boards near spine; very good to near fine in somewhat worn dustwrapper with wear particularly to head and tail of spine panel, some light scratches and markings on rear panel (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film and white paper backing). Hurley's major war photographs were taken at the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele, in 1917. His stark images vividly capture the appalling conditions, the waste of life and the sense of doom and destruction. He also photographed the Australian Light Horse in Palestine the following year and more than twenty years later followed the North African campaigns of Sidi Barrani, Bardia, Tobruk and El Alamein with his camera.
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$60
77421
Jones, W.A., & James Taylor
Prisoner of the "Kormoran" Amazing experiences on a German Raider, and as a Prisoner of War in Germany
Australasian Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1944.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with upper board rules; 318pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, 4pp. of plates likewise, maps, and other monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; rolled; spine extremities softened and sunned; board edges scraped; text block edges toned and top edge dusted; offset to the endpapers; retailer's ink stamp to the flyleaf; previous owner's contemporary ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper heavily rubbed and edgeworn; large chips to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns; some small tears with associated creasing; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good.
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$50
204639
Kerr, Greg
Lost Anzacs The Story of Two Brothers
Oxford University Press, Melbourne Vic., 1997.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 256pp., with monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; rubbing to board corners; faint spotting to upper text block edge. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. This is a fascinating account of two very different Anzac experiences of World War I. Drawing on letters, diaries, and photographs from his grandfather and great-uncle, Greg Kerr relates the bitter experiences of Hedley Kerr (killed at Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915) and George Kitchin Kerr, who was wounded at Gallipoli and later survived three years in a Turkish prison camp.
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$30
206404
Kingsley Norris, F.
No Memory for Pain - signed An Autobiography
William Heinemann (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Melbourne Vic., 1970.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 392pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, maps and 16pp. of monochrome plates. Moderate wear; rolled spine extremities softened; text block edges toned with some spots; light offset to the endpapers; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf; signed by the author in ink to the title page. Dustwrapper is mildly rubbed and edgeworn; light moisture damage and lacquer lifting to the spine panel heel; some chipping to the spine panel extremities; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good.
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$30
97633
Lodge, A.B.
The Fall of General Gordon Bennett
Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., North Sydney NSW, 1986.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 347pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, maps and 12pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; slightly rolled; text block edges lightly toned; board edges scraped. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed; heavily sunned along the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. "The Fall of General Gordon Bennett" tells the fascinating story of the destruction of the career of Australia's most controversial soldier. Bennett enjoyed a meteoric rise during the Great War. His bravery at Gallipoli and in France was legendary. In 1916 he became the youngest Brigadier-General in any British army. By the end of the war, he had carved out for himself a reputation as an outstanding front-line leader. Yet by the end of the Second World War his career was shattered. He faced a military Court of Inquiry. His escape from Singapore in 1942 became the subject of a Royal Commission. He was vehemently defended by some; others presented him with running shoes and white feathers. His portrait, hanging in the Australian War Memorial, was defaced. Did Bennett fall - or was he pushed? Was he destroyed by professional jealousy? Was he a victim of General Sir Thomas Blamey? Or did his own temperament play the greatest part in his downfall?
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$25
205494
Longmore, Capt. C. (Foreword by Lt.-Gen. Sir John Monash)
The Old Sixteenth Being a Record of the 16th Battalion, A.I.F., during the Great War
The Naval and Military Press Ltd./The Imperial War Museum - Dept. of Printed Books, Uckfield East Sussex UK, nd.
Octavo; paperback; 274pp. Mild wear; covers mildly rubbed; creasing to the last page. Very good.
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$24
11234
McCarthy, Dudley
Gallipoli to the Somme The Story of C.E.W. Bean
John Ferguson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, Australia, 1983.
First edition: octavo; full leather binding, pink endpapers; 400pp., with a full-colour frontispiece and 32pp. of monochrome photographic plates. Owner's name. Minor wear; some bumping and wear to board edges and corners; offsetting to endpapers and spotting to the text block edges; dustwrapper lightly rubbed with a few chips at corners and a few superficial scratches on rear panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Of the twelve volumes of the 'Official history of Australia in the War of 1914-1918', which took more than twenty years to complete, C.E.W. Bean wrote six himself and was overall editor of the entire work. His own six volumes covering the Gallipoli campaign and the Australian Imperial Force in France and Flanders, are unique among national war histories in that the author was actually present at almost all the battles he describes, gathering information at first hand and at great personal risk and supplementing his own observations by interviewing everyone he could, from commanders-in-chief down through generals and their company commanders and junior officers to the men in the trenches. It is Bean's work as war correspondent and historian for which he will be mainly remembered, and it is this period of his life that is the main focus of this book. It reveals a remarkable man who was dedicated to the ideal of recording fully and accurately the Australian fighting man's part in the war; a mild yet heroic man who was mentioned in dispatches for his work under fire on Gallipoli; a 'plain Australian' who refused a knighthood three times in later life because it went against his democratic principles. This is his compellingly told story.
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$45
97632
McCullagh, Catherine (ed.)
Willingly into the Fray One Hundred Years of Australian Army Nursing
Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2010.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 464pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; an old security device to the inside back cover. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn with a slight tear to the spine panel head. Very good. While Willingly into the Fray sets out to gather crucial memories and document the experiences of many of the nurses who served particularly in the Australian Army's more recent campaigns and deployments, the stories are also important in recording the signposts of what Beverley Wright refers to as the 'evolution' in military nursing. Certainly medicine and nursing techniques have evolved dramatically over the hundred years covered by this book - two world wars alone ensured this. Army nurses now no longer simply care for wounded soldiers. This shift has been hastened by the urging of the nurses themselves and by the change in public consciousness as a result of a more pervasive media presence. The book comprises the personal stories of no fewer than sixty-five individual nurses - mostly written by the nurses themselves.
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$35
205492
McCullough, Colleen
The Courage and the Will The Life of Roden Cutler, V.C.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Orion Publishing Group Ltd., London, 1999.
First UK edition: royal octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 418pp., with maps and 12pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; spine heel softened; light dusting to the text block top edge. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn. Near fine. Roden Cutler's list of honours is long and impressive, but it is his sole decoration, the Victoria Cross, that marks him as a hero. Over 800,000 men and women served in the Australian armed forces during the Second World War, but only twenty were awarded the V.C. Colleen McCullough vividly shows us the life and times of the young soldier with the dashing good looks, the laconic humour and dislike of pretension who came back from the war determined to continue to support his mother, but, having lost a leg, with no idea how to do so. Yet by the age of 29 he was the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand. His diplomatic career was to include stints to Ceylon, Egypt during the Suez crisis of 1956, Pakistan and New York. In 1966 he was appointed Governor of New South Wales; during his 15 years in that office he shared with Captain Arthur Phillip and Lachlan Macquarie, he earned his own niche among them as the "people's governor". Much loved, still remembered as a man equally at home in the company of royalty or trade unionists. His story is embedded in Australian history, and part of it. But it is also the story of a man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps to serve his country with courage and dignity in the face of all obstacles. In an age accustomed to public idols with feet of clay, Roden Cutler is the exception: a man whose integrity is as formidable as his humility is astonishing.
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$22
87089
Mahony, Juan
The Digger's View WWI in Colour
Juan Mahony, New Lambton, 2014.
Large quarto hardcover; illustrated boards; 270pp., colour illustrations, white ribbon marker. Minor wear only; fine in like dustwrapper. Although colour photography was around prior to 1903, the Lumiere brothers, Auguste and Louis, patented the process in 1903 and developed the first colour film in 1907. The French army was the primary source of colour photos during the course of World War I, however, the famous Australian official photographer, Frank Hurley also experimented with colour photography. This collection of striking images brings home the rigours of the Great War like no other archive, the colour lending an immediacy and startling freshness to the pictures.
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$60
97347
Mayo, Lida (maps by Arthur S. Hardyman)
Bloody Buna
Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1975.
Hardcover, octavo; green boards with gilt spine titling; 222pp., monochrome plates and maps. Tape marks and some scattered spotting on endpapers; browned text block edges. Green illustrated dustwrapper with slightly faded spine. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. In 1942 the Australian 16th and 25th AIF Brigades, supported by militiamen of the 3rd Battalion, forced the Japanese back over the Kokoda Trail and into a narrow strip in the Buna-Gona-Sanananda area along the northern New Guinea coast. It was decided the Australians would clear the Gona-Sanananda area; the Americans would attack Buna. The inexperienced 32nd U.S. Infantry Division gathered south of Buna, and on 19 November 1942 the confident main American assault began. The veteran Japanese jungle fighters, recently reinforced, were ready. They had constructed an elaborate defensive system of dirt covered coconut-log bunkers; swamps; flooded rivers, rain, mud and the kunai hampered the Americans; thickly-foliaged trees made air strikes nearly impossible, and faulty intelligence reports gave a totally inaccurate assessment of the Japanese strength. By December the attack on Buna had halted. Poorly trained and equipped, discipline gone, hungry, dirty and ill, the Americans were reluctant to move. Lieutenant-General Eichelberger, sent in by the impatient Supreme Commander, General MacArthur, ordered a major reorganisation, and new attacks were mounted. But the bloody Buna battle again ground to a stalemate. Australia's 18th Brigade and other troops, equipped with long overdue tanks and artillery, joined in whilst other Australian forces pressed on with their task at Gona-Sanananda. The Japanese fought with fanatical resolve but the weight of the Australian-American attacks finally told, and on 2 January 1943 the Americans took Buna government station to end one of the most desperate campaigns of the entire Pacific war. In Bloody Buna senior U.S. Army historian Lida Mayo describes the affair in authentic and gripping detail. Her narrative is sharpened with interviews and private accounts, and she leaves no doubts about the crushing mental pressures, physical ordeals, brutalities, and macabre horrors of the struggle. Nor does she fail to analyse the problems created by the remoteness of higher command from the scene of action.
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$25
94982
Milligan, Christopher S., & John C.H. Foley (Foreword by Geoffrey Blainey)
Australian Hospital Ship Centaur - signed by the authors The Myth of Immunity
Nairana Publications, Hendra Qld., 1993.
Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 340pp., with a full-colour frontispiece, maps and diagrams, and 30pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; signed in ink on the title page. Near fine.
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$45
85204
Moorehead, Alan
Gallipoli
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1956.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; brown boards with gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 384pp., monochrome plates and fold-out maps. Minor wear; offsetting to endpapers, inscription to owner and lightly toned text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper browned along spine and edges with a few small tears and chips. Very good and protected in archival-quality film with white paper backing. "Alan Moorehead's classic account of the campaign, is appropriately replete with classical allusions and takes its epigraph from Herodotus: ' And now, as he looked and saw the whole of the Hellespont covered with vessels of his fleet and all the shore and every plain about Abydos as full as possible with men, Xerxes congratulated himself on his good fortune; but after a while he wept.' As with Xerxes, so with Hamilton, whose large amphibious force failed in all its objectives with appalling loss of life. The initial naval attempt to force a way through the Dardanelles had been thwarted by newly laid and unsuspected mines, and the landings and subsequent battles on the peninsula itself were ill-prepared and mismanaged, leading to huge casualties and, eventually, an ignominious withdrawal. While acknowledging that it might be costly, Churchill had imagined that his bold plan would be a glorious success and Turkey would be knocked out of the war; instead Gallipoli went down in history as the graveyard of some 130,000 men and a good few political and military reputations. George Orwell famously observed in 1941 that the British 'do not retain among their historical memories the name of a single military victory - the four names which have really engraved themselves on the popular memory are Mons, Ypres, Gallipoli and Passchendaele, every time a disaster'. Equally, in Australia and New Zealand, Anzac Day has much greater significance than Armistice Day: observed every 25 April, it commemorates the day - or, rather, night - in 1915 that the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps made their courageous but chaotic landing at Gaba Tepe. A few hours later, at Cape Helles on the southern tip of the peninsula, a heavy naval bombardment was supposed to have destroyed any resistance. It had not, and in the light of morning many of the British troops packed into boats were shot dead before they even reached the shore. 'One by one the oars fell from the dead hands of their occupants and drifted slowly away,' wrote Fyffe. As one of the boats passed him, he 'could look straight down into her motionless cargo. It was a floating shambles. A mass of corpses huddled together in the bottom of the boat and lying heaped above one another across the crimson benches'. An airman looking out of his plane 'saw that the calm blue sea was absolutely red with blood for a distance of 50 yards from the shore'. Moorehead's beautifully written, even-handed and panoptic account of the campaign remains a model of military history. His quick character studies of the politicians and generals bring them startlingly to life, his descriptions of the frequently confused landings and battles achieve remarkable lucidity, and his accounts of the unparalleled May truce (called so that the putrefying dead could be buried) and the near-miraculous evacuation are little masterpieces of storytelling. He analyses the decisions made at GHQ and their consequences, but recognises that if one also looks at the campaign in its quieter moments, the feelings of the soldiers, what they ate and wore and thought and talked about, the small circumstances of their daily lives, the scene becomes alive again and in a peculiarly vivid way. " - Peter Parker
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$60
209629
Parkin, Ray
The Sword and the Blossom: signed
Hogarth Press, London, 1968.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling; 266pp., b&w illustrations. Inscribed in ink to owner. Mild offsetting to endpapers; toned and faintly spotted text block edges. black illustrated dustwrapper with laminate slightly lifted on spine panel edge of front; mild edgewear. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Third book in the trilogy preceded by Out of the Smoke and Into the Smother.
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$75
201420
Pate, Michael
An Entertaining War - signed
Dreamweaver Books, Sydney NSW, 1986.
Quarto; hardcover, with upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 192pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; boards slightly fanned with some sunning to the edges; text block top edge lightly toned; an instance of ink marginalia to one index page. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Signed by both the author and WA politician, Kim Beazley. This book tells the story of the men and women who brought entertainment to the soldiers of Australia's army, wherever they were around the world, between 1939 and 1946. These entertainers played to appreciative audiences of "Australian and Allied soldiers - thousands in various Base Areas, or a few dozen an a jungle clearing reached after climbing through thick rain forests carrying instruments and costumes. It is a chronicle of dedication, hardship and much laughter and a tribute to the widely differing personalities who undertook the job of bringing entertainment to those fighting the war.
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$45
212917
Rayner, Robert J.
Darwin Detachment A Military and Social History
Rudder Press, Wollongong NSW, 2002.
Royal octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine and upper board tiles and endpaper maps; 225pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and 64pp. of monochrome plates. Moderate wear; cocked and rolled; spine extremities softened. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
92703
Rees, Peter
Bearing Witness The remarkable life of CHARLES BEAN, Australia's greatest war correspondent
Allen & Unwin, Crow's Nest NSW, 2015.
Octavo; paperback; 548pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates. Minimal wear. Fine.
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$20
202049
Silver, Lynette Ramsay
Sandakan - third, revised edition, signed A Conspiracy of Silence
Sally Milner Publishing Pty. Ltd., Bowral NSW, 2000.
Revised: octavo; hardcover; 400pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates and many maps and illustrations likewise. Minor wear; spine extremities lightly scraped; text block and page edges toned; signed by author with a dedication in ink to the title page. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Very good.
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$40
59789
Stanley, Peter
Invading Australia Japan and the Battle for Australia 1942
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2008.
Octavo; trade paperback; 307pp., with maps and 24pp. of full-colour and monochrome plates. Mild wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn; text block edges lightly toned. Very good.
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$20
216461
Thompson, Peter
Shanghai Fury: Australian Heroes of Revolutionary China
William Heineman, North Sydney, 2011.
Octavo hardcover; red boards with gilt spine titling, decorated endpapers; 532pp., b&w plates. Minor wear; board edges rubbed and corners slightly frayed; lightly browned text block and page edges with a few marks. Illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The third in the 'Fury' trilogy, following on from the bestsellers Pacific Fury and Anzac Fury. Shanghai is a city defined by war. The city and its armed struggles were central to the relationship between China and Australia from the fall of the Manchus in 1912 to the Communist victory in 1949. Yet with the notable exception of George 'Chinese' Morrison, the Australian contribution has been largely neglected and no single volume covers the experiences of the many remarkable Australians caught up in the drama. Set against a backdrop of imperial splendour and abject squalor, Shanghai Fury examines one of the seminal periods of the 20th Century in a compellingly readable narrative that mixes personal memoir with combat action to complete a powerful trilogy on Australians at war.
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$25
99256
Tyquin, Michael
Little by Little - signed A Centenary of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
Australian Military History Publications/Australian Army History Unit (Dept. of Defence), Canberra ACT, 2003.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 684pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; slightly shaken; corners mildly bumped; light spotting to the text block top edge; signed in ink on the title page. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Signed by Governor-General General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Michael Tyquin and Major General John Pearn.
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$100
76643
Wall, Don
Abandoned? - signed copy Australians at Sandakan, 1945
Don Wall, Mona Vale NSW, 1990.
Hardcover; octavo, 152pp., monochrome illustrations. Inscribed in ink to owner. Minor wear; upper text block edges lightly toned and dustwrapper edges slightly browned (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine otherwise.
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$30
201199
Wall, Don (Clem Seale, illus.)
Sandakan: signed The Last March
The Author, Mona Vale NSW, 1992.
Revised third edition: paperback, octavo; 216pp., monochrome illustrations. Inscribed in ink to owner. Minor wear only; fine. Sandakan has been described as the most appalling single event in Australia's War history. Yet, for many years Sandakan was little known by Australians and all but forgotten. After the fall of Singapore, relatives waited almost a year before learning whether their men had survived the battles. Then, at War's end, the families of those who had perished as Prisoners of War of the Japanese in British North Borneo, now know as Sabah, received only the briefest of messages. No details were given, nor could any further information be obtained, thus adding to greater heartache and anxiety. Don Wall, a former Prisoner of War of the Japanese on the Burma - Thailand railway, based this book on archival and anecdotal evidence and was greeted with grateful acclaim by relatives and friends.
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$30
204123
Wallace, R.L.
The Australians at the Boer War
The Australian War Memorial/Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS), Canberra ACT, 1976.
Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 420pp., with maps and 36pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; slightly cocked; spine heel mildly softened; ink scribble to the top corner of the flyleaf. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. A century has passed since the Australians faced Mauser and 'pom pom' fire and suffered the ravages of disease in South Africa. Sadly, the story of the Australian contribution in the Boer War is not well known. Presented in a very readable manner, this absorbing and detailed book serves as an essential reference for the Australian involvement in the Boer War of 1899-1902, in which 23,000 Australian volunteers served.
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$65